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​A group of 66 young boys and girls spent half a day at Randpark Golf Club, Randburg, rubbing shoulders with professional golfers who are participating in this year's SA Open tournament, which kicked off today, 9 January 2020.

The aspiring golfers were hosted by the City of Johannesburg and hailed from Soweto, Diepsloot and Alexandra.

Explaining the rationale behind the golf coaching mentorship programme with professional players on Wednesday, 8 January 2020, City of Joburg Events Director Bongi Mokaba highlighted the importance of the programme.

“The programme aims to get children from disadvantage communities involved and expose them to the sport that is mostly considered to be for the elite. We want to see the best South African golf players coming from those communities, that's why the City took the decision to be involved," Mokaba said.

One of the professional golfers who took the time to mentor the young golfers, Jacquin Hess, said his hope is to see some of these young golfers playing in bigger tournament such as SA Open.

“The golf clinic is a great initiative to develop and inspire the next generation of players. For me to be here is because I had someone who held my hand and taught me everything that I know now as a professional player. So this was an opportunity to do the same for someone," he said.

Hess won the Harry Oppenheimer Trophy, USSA Strokeplay Championship, Bobby Locke Open, Vaal Amateur Open in 2011. In 2012, he won the Boland U23 Championships and was a member of the Boland team, which won the 52nd South African IPT Tournament.

The City of Joburg Executive Mayor, Cllr Geoff Makhubo, officially launched the 2020 SA Open tournament today, 9 January 2020, at Randpark Golf Club in the morning.

Around 240 golf players from Europe and Southern Africa will participate at this year tournament, competing for over R17 million in prizes