JULY 2013
South African and Scottish Ties Strengthened with Exchange Trip

The Scottish Golf Union (SGU) has strengthened its ties with South Africa by hosting two talented teenagers from the SAGDB for a three-week trip over June and July. The trip was set up thanks to a personal initiative launched by SGU Chairman Tom Craig.
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Taking off in Mpumalanga

The SAGDB programme in Mpumalanga recently announced the opening of two new chapters in the province. The new operations in Malelane and Komatipoort bring the number of chapters in the region to five.
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Lwazi flying high

SAGDB graduate Lwazi Gqira has his sights set on becoming a professional golfer. And the 21 year old from East London is putting in the sort of performances that could propel him towards that goal.
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Success at Maccauvlei

While the Glacier by Sanlam Junior Series is giving South Africa's best juniors a chance to shine in events across the country, it is not only about the best. It is also an opportunity for even younger and lower handicapped players to get a taste of real tournament golf.
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Riaan comes close at Fancourt

Six SAGDB juniors took part in the recent Branden Grace tournament at Fancourt on the Glacier by Sanlam Junior Series. They made their presence felt in all three divisions.
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Moving forward with Hillside

For a number of years the SAGDB's programme in Gauteng North has received the committed support of the Hillside Golf Club. The club has not only made its facilities available for coaching and playing, but has welcomed SAGDB players into its league squads.
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SAGDB Juniors make a difference in President's Team

Over the last few years the SAGDB programme in KZN has been a rich source of talent for the President's Development Team. This team is chosen from the top development players in the region and competes in the KZN Central Scratch League.
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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