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Joburg Open finds new pro-am home at Soweto Country Club

Written by Michael Vlismas

 

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It was a moment of immense pride for members of the Soweto Country Club as a European Tour event held its official, invite only ProAm in this iconic township for the first time recently.

 

The ProAm for February’s Joburg Open had to be cancelled because of the heavy rain at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club that week.

 

But this afforded the City of Joburg the opportunity to make the Sunshine Tour and European Tour co-sanctioned tournament as inclusive as possible and move the ProAm to the Soweto Country Club.

 

On Monday, 20 and Tuesday, 21 March, Sunshine Tour and Sunshine Ladies Tour professionals joined Soweto Golf Club amateurs and various business leaders and government dignitaries in a two-day ProAm.

 

And Herman Mashaba, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, announced that in future the Joburg Open ProAM will always be played at the Soweto Country Club.

 

“What a great pleasure it was to have the professionals join us in the heart of Soweto,” Mashaba said.

 

“When I first heard of the plan to take the canceled ProAm to Soweto, it was music to my ears. What a wonderful opportunity. It is our desire to work with the Sunshine Tour and Joburg Open to make the Soweto Country Club one of the greatest in our city.”

 

The club is currently undergoing its most extensive upgrade in history, with the clubhouse recently refurbished as part of a three-phase plan to also erect a fence around the course and then upgrade the course itself.

 

“This is about the whole community of Soweto and them being proud of this facility. Our role as government is to help create that enabling environment, and we need the private sector to play its part as has been the case here,” said Mashaba.

 

Selwyn Nathan, the Executive Director of the Sunshine Tour, expressed his delight at one of South Africa’s biggest golf tournaments making such a major commitment to the development of the Soweto Country Club.

 

“When Bongi Mokaba, the city’s Events Management Director, and I spoke about the idea of hosting the ProAM in Soweto, it was with the goal of continuing to ensure that a tournament like the Joburg Open truly benefits the residents of this city.

 

“One of the most pleasing aspects was that we created about 120 jobs just for the two days of this ProAm by using only local suppliers in Soweto, from the catering to the caddies.”

 

 

 

 
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Joburg Open

Joburg Open is an important
tournament in the golf
calendar for both local and
international players.

It is co-sanctioned by the

Sunshine Tour and PGA

European Tour as an official

Order of Merit event.

The prize money is 1.3

million euros and this will be

shared amongst all the

players who will make the cut.

 

2018 Joburg Open

Dates: 07 to 10 December 2017
Venue: Randpark Golf Club

 

 

 



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