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St.John's gives opportunities to SAGDB players

The SA Golf Development Board has once again been invited to send two teams to compete in the St. John’s College 2007 International School’s Golf Tournament taking place at Sun City from 8-11 August. The annual event is a highlight on the South African schools golf calendar.

The organisers of the tournament have extended this invitation to the SAGDB for the past three years, and St John's covers all the costs of participation for players from the development programme. SAA will also be contributing by flying two of the players up to Johannesburg.

The SAGDB “A” team will be made up of four of the top players in the SAGDB’s coaching programme around the country - Cedric Rooi and Jacquin Hess from Boland, and the Free State’s Neo Thubisi and Moshe Mazibuko. Rooi and Mazibuko will be playing in the event for the second consecutive year.

The second team heading in the tournament under the auspices of the SAGDB is from Progress High School in Soweto, and is made up of Nethunzi Mosiwalo, Ndivhuwo Mudau and brothers Arthur and Emmaunuel Mositdieza. Progress is situated near to the Soweto Country Club and all four boys are members. Mosiwalo is the current club champion.

A team from Progress also played in the tournament in 2006 and finished 15th out of the 35 teams competing.

One of the stated aims of the St. John’s College 2007 International School’s Golf Tournament is to provide players from the development programme with the chance to compete in a world class event. The organisers are also hoping to raise the profile of golf at school’s level, since golf is still a minor sport at most South Africa schools, despite the country’s international golfing success.

The tournament will be played over four days, with two rounds on each of the Gary Player designed courses at Sun City - The Gary Player Country Club, and the Lost City Country Club.

The SAGDB's director for operations Martin Pinto said that he expects the two SAGDB teams "to play very well". He points out that most of the boys have played at Sun City before, and so won’t be as overwhelmed by the courses as teams have been in previous years.

The SAGDB's top player, Cedric Rooi, is one of the boys selected to play at Sun City.