SAGDB players make waves in Boland

The SA Golf Development Board has received a huge boost in the Boland area with the announcement that six of its players have been selected for age group provincial teams.

Devon Thomas from Somerset West, Trevor Thomas from Atlantis and Shane Ross from Worcester were all named in the Boland u/12 team that will compete in an inter-provincial event in Maccauvlei during June. Devon Thomas qualified for selection as the top player on the u/12 order of merit in the region, and this will be the third consecutive year in which he has been picked for the u/12 team.

The SAGDB's development manager for Boland, Andre Rossouw, is especially excited that such young players are receiving provincial recognition. He points out that five out of the eight players in the u/12 team are black, and he hopes their success will encourage others to take up the sport.

"These players will grow into better players as they become older and they will always be in contention for provincial sides through their junior years," Rossouw says. "We are creating future stars and role models that will attract other youngsters to golf."

Devon Thomas

Delano Taylor and Arno Titus, both from Somerset West, were selected to play for the Boland u/14 side in two tournaments during July. These two youngsters have benefited from the excellent support from Somerset West GC and Erinvale Golf Estate, which have both backed the development programme in the Helderberg.

At u/18 level, the SAGDB's top player, Cedric Rooi from Worcester, was included in the provincial team to play in a triangular inter-provincial event in the Southern Cape during May. Rooi was selected alongside Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation member, Trevor Mahoney, who also came through the ranks of the development board.

Rossouw believes that the secret of the Boland region's success in development is a combination of information and planning. He says that the top players in the province were given targets to reach if they expected to make provincial selection, and they have achieved their aims.

"We gave these kids more playing opportunities to help them get to that standard," he says. "Now they have come through."

"We in the Boland are very proud of the team effort these selections represent. These players come from three different chapters and this is an indication of the dedication of the coaches."

"To see kids taking the opportunities that are given to them gives us a sense of fulfilment," he adds. "If we keep our coaches positive and informed of the long-term view they will carry that over to the kids. People will believe in our vision if they see we do."