Boost for local junior golf

2016-08-11 06:00
Junior golfers and professionals from the PGA of South Africa KZN, who took part in the Junior Pro-Am at San Lameer Golf Estate.     Photo: Loraine              Miller

Junior golfers and professionals from the PGA of South Africa KZN, who took part in the Junior Pro-Am at San Lameer Golf Estate. Photo: Loraine Miller

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KZN junior golf received a boost, thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the province’s PGA professionals as well as support from former professional, Mark McNulty.

The PGA professionals recently hosted their annual KZN PGA Plate at San Lameer Golf Estate, and this year combined the event and fund-raiser with a Junior Pro-Am prior to the main pro-am fund-raiser that raised an additional R45 000 for future­ regional projects.

“Last year we raised about R30 000 and this year the committee decided we would put this back into local junior golf,” said Jason Bird, KZN PGA of South Africa chairman.

They decided to hold the Junior Pro-Am as part of their tournament and the feedback received from the children and parents was amazing.
About 50 junior golfers from in and from around the province’s South African Golf Development Board chapter were invited to play alongside a PGA professional in the pro-am.

This is the third year that KZN has hosted such a fund-raiser.

“The entire event surpassed all of expectations. We raised R45 000 to invest in another
local golf project in 2017.
“We have such a great PGA committee in KwaZulu-Natal and I think this event was a proud day for all of us,” said Bird.

Meyer du Toit, San Lameer golf director, was this year named the PGA of South Africa’s Professional of the Year.

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