APRIL 2013
Hepburn takes the SAGDB helm

Respected PGA coach Grant Hepburn has been appointed as the new Managing Director of the SAGDB. Hepburn took over from Ken Viljoen who retired on 1 April.
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Viljoen steps down with fond memories

After nearly fourteen years in golf development, Ken Viljoen retired as Managing Director of the SAGDB on 1 April. He handed over to the board's former Technical Director, PGA coach Grant Hepburn.
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Evance clear about his goals

It was pretty tough losing his best friends to the pro circuit this year, but Evans Vukeya knows it will just be a matter of time before he joins fellow Soweto golfers Musi Nethunzwi and Sipho Bujela in the paid ranks.
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Lonene sizzles in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga teenager Lonene Khoza is a fierce football supporter and loves kicking a ball around with his friends after school or on the weekend. Yet, the 15-year-old SAGDB golfer is quick to point out that soccer is a hobby, golf is a career.
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Africa and Jacobs reach SA Boys quarterfinals

Two SAGDB youngsters from Boland, 16 year old Keelan Africa from Riverside GC and 15 year old Dylan Jacobs from Kuilsriver put in excellent performances to reach the quarter-final stage of the recent SA Boys u19 Championships. The matchplay event is one of the highlights of the South African junior golfing calendar.
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SAGDB programme flourishing in Mpumalanga

It has been just a little over 18 months since Edwin Compton took charge of the SAGDB's programme in Mpumalanga, and the 28-year-old regional development manager from Witbank is delighted with the progress that has been made in this region.
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Crystal wins in Somerset West

12-year old Crystal Beukes is one of the brightest prospects amongst the girls in the SAGDB's programme. The youngster from Somerset West is already making a name for herself in Western Province golf.
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SAGDB Juniors Shine in KZN

Players from the SAGDB programme in KwaZulu Natal put in excellent performances at KZN Junior Golf Tournaments during the April school holidays.
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About the SAGDB

The South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB) is a non-profit organisation with section 18A donations tax exemption status. Since its formation in 1999, the SAGDB has grown a network of coaches and officials who work across the country to develop the game in the cities and also the most remote areas. It currently operates in Boland, Border, the Eastern Province, Free State, Gauteng Central, Gauteng North, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the Southern Cape, and Western Province.

Through its PGA-approved LTAD coaching programme, the board currently has the capacity to coach 2,500 children per week in 10 regions.

Since its inception, the SAGDB has coached over 17 000 youngsters, produced 1 senior national player and 4 players in the senior national squad, 25 senior provincial and u23 players, 108 junior provincial players, and four players in the senior national squad. Over 1 500 players have participated in junior golf tournaments and 34 of its most talented players have been invited to join prestigious and recognised High Performance Centres such as the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation. Six former SAGDB players have earned their tour cards on the Sunshine Tour.

The SAGDB wishes to thank the following donors and patrons for their continued financial support:
Mr. J. P. Rupert and Associates, The Remgro Group, Alfred Dunhill Links Tournament and The Dunhill Championship.

The Sports Trust, Nedbank, Ethekwini Municipality, The Richer Foundation, and The Ernie Els Invitational,

Product Sponsors:
The Sports Trust, City Lodge, Taylormade, Sunshine Tour and Free to Grow.

SAGA Provincial Union Contributors:
Gauteng Central, Western Province, Boland, Mpumalanga, Southern Cape, Gauteng North, Border and Free State Northern Cape.

The South African National Department of Sport and Recreation the Sunshine Tour, the R & A, the South African Golf Association, the PGA of South Africa, the Women's PGA of South Africa officially endorses the SAGDB.

For more information please contact:
Marianne Niewoudt
Email: admin@sagolfboard.org
Tel: 021 852 8056

South African Golf Development Board
Telephone: + 27 21 852 8056 - Email: info@sagolfboard.org