This year’s Sports Trust Golf Challenge, was played the day after the Nedbank Golf challenge which is now part of the European Tour and the Race to Dubai Challenge. This year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge was hosted by golfing legend, Gary Player and saw over 72 golfers competing for the new prize money of US $ 1.6 million, which was won by the professional from Sweden, Alex Noren.
The Amateur golfers who purchased four balls and competed in this year’s Sports Trust Golf challenge, which is hosted the day after the Nedbank Golf Challenge, teed off at the prestigious Gary Player designed golf course, in the early morning on Monday 14th November, accompanied by Gary Player himself, who enjoyed giving them some golfing tips before their round.
This event provides the amateur golfers with a unique opportunity to play the course the way it was set up on the last day of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, and attracts over 30 corporate teams who manage to raise a Million Rand towards sport development annually. The funds raised by The Sports Trust Golf Challenge, which started in 1999 has supported both abled and disabled golf, and other sport development projects in disadvantaged communities in South Africa. This is fundamental to identifying and nurturing the talent of our future golfing heroes. These programs are helping to enhance education through sport and keeping children away from the social ills of society.
This year’s development four-ball consisted of three players from SAGDB (South African Golf Development Board) namely : Siyanda Mwandla, Dylan Jacobs and Thabiso Magwaza, and the deaf golfer, Charles Williams, from SADGA. In his seven years with SADGA (South African Disabled Golf Association) he has become the best deaf junior golfer in South Africa. This gives them a once in a life time opportunity to play the course in the way that it is set up for the professionals and is always a massive challenge, but excellent for their personal growth and experience as golfers.
The overall Winners for 2016 were PWC’s team of James Du Preez (Snr), James Du Preez (Junior), Anton Van Wyk and Schalk Naude who scored 73 for the day. They won the Jenna Clifford Designed floating trophy, as well as NGC framed Memorabilia. Nedbank, Sun International and Sun City are closely aligned to hosting the Nedbank Golf Challenge that ensures financial, social and ecological sustainability. This is as much a part of the future of the Nedbank Golf Challenge as it is the future of South African golf.