Executive Mayor, Cllr Geoff Makhubo honoured Ricardo Santos, Sidane Blom, David Melman and Andre Wisslier at the South African Open sponsors cocktail and Pro-Am prize-giving ceremony held on Monday, 6 January at Hilton Hotel, Sandton ahead of the annual tournament.
A Pro-Am tournament features teams of three amateur players, each playing alongside a professional golfer.
The four golfers took top prizes after leading with 93 points at the Pro-Am game which took place at the Soweto Golf Club on the very same day. The prizes included golf bags, wines and shopping vouchers.
The Pro-Am tournament was attended by both professional and amateur golf players, including the Members of the Mayoral Committee, the City’s executives and golf enthusiasts
City of Joburg Director of Events and SA Open promoter, Bongi Mokaba says even though the game was suspended due to heavy rains and thunderstorms, the players showed world class competitiveness.
“Everyone who was at Soweto Golf Club can attest that the golf club competes with the best in the world. It is now one of our main tourist attractions in Soweto. We urge all golf players and those who want to learn to play golf to use the facility.”
Mokaba kicked-started the evening by paying tribute to Soweto entrepreneur and property developer Ntate Richard Maponya who died in the early hours of Monday, 6 January after a short illness.
Mayor Makhubo promised attendees that this week is going to be a good week for golf enthusiasts and wished all the players good luck.
“I used to have favourite players, but since I became the mayor, every single player is my favourite.”
Mayor Makhubo also took the opportunity to urge business people to step in and help keep the Soweto Golf Club in a world class state.
Deputy Commissioner of Sunshine Tour Thomas Abt says that the organization is proud to partner with the City because the tournament has great economic impact in the City and is growing the sport in the previously disadvantaged area.
From the 9th till the 12th January, 240 golf players from Europe and Southern Africa will participate at the SA Open tournament at Randpark Golf Club, competing for over R17 million in prizes.
Sponsors promised to make the SA Open tournament bigger and better from this year.
Last year Louis Oosthuizen won the championship with a six-stroke victory at Randpark.