Foundation success for the SAGDB in KZN

Players from the SA Golf Development Board in KwaZulu-Natal recorded encouraging performances at SA Junior Golf Foundation events in the province during April. In the events in which SAGDB players competed, youngsters from the development programme consistently appeared near the top of the leaderboard.

The SAGDB juniors earned a total of seven divisional titles during the April tournament schedule. Two players from the development board were also part of the winning team at the KZN Junior Interclub event.

Development manager for the region, Joseph Kunene, said that the KZN coaches felt "proud, overwhelmed and encouraged" by the performances of their youngsters.

"We started with most of these kids when they were beginners," Kunene said. "We have seen them develop into disciplined, well-mannered, proud golfers. The coaches also realise that these kids might have been in a completely different state had it not been for the SAGDB's involvement."

Kunene added that the region believed in working together and setting targets to be the top region for development in the country.

"We encourage one another, work as a team, respect one another, and we are dedicated and passionate about what we are doing as a region," he said.

The good performances from SAGDB players started at the Bill Kerr Memorial Trophy event at Mount Edgecombe where Lucky Mbambo finished fourth overall with 35 stableford points off his seven handicap. It was in the C-division that the SAGDB enjoyed great success though, claiming the top three places. Samishka Moodley won the division on 41 points, with Sibusiso Dlamini second and Qiniso Mthethwa third.

At the Prentice Memorial Trophy competition at Royal Durban, the SAGDB dominated the B-division, again claiming the top three places. Sambulo Mhlongo carded a nett score of 65 to top the division, with Oscar Dlamini second and Bret Vella third.

Two players from the SAGDB were then part of the winning team at the 2007 KZN Junior Interclub Event. Sambulo and Siphiwe Mhlongo, playing with two other Royal Durban members, won the four-player stableford event on a total team score of 145.

At the 36-hole Umkomaas GC junior event, SAGDB players finished first and second in both the B and C divisions. Simon Zulu won the B division with a gross score of 165, with Tsepo Molefe second on 168. Sambulo Mhlongo’s 69 points won the C division, while Sibusiso Dlamini finished runner-up on 68 points.

Mthokozisi Khoza carded the second best gross score in the B division at the Windsor Park event with on a total of 81 off his 11 handicap. Oscar Dlamini won the nett prize in the same division.

In the Royal Durban junior event, Simon Zulu again came to the fore to win the B division. He carded a score of 80 to claim the gross prize, while Walter Malevu and Tsepo Molefe finished first and second respectively on nett scores.