Golf development for underprivileged kids

Three of the 17 children who participated in the golf clinic on 4 – 8 April in Nylstroom are from Thabazimbi. On the photo is DB Mbewe, Head of Sport: Ysterberg Primary, Tshepo Mzwane (golfer), Babra Malete (golfer), Joe Modiga president of Thabazimbi Sports, Brendon Jacobs (golfer) and TS Mamuno Development Coach.

THABAZIMBI – The Waterberg Golf development programme for the underprevilaged children was launched in January 2011.

This programme which includes schools from Thabazimbi, Bela-Bela, Nylstroom, Naboomspruit and Potgietersrus have chosen a committee who will co-ordinate the youth development programs at their respective towns and report to the district executive council each month. Thabazimbi falls under the leadership of mr Sam Mamuno who can be contacted on 078 465 0526 for further information or to become part of this initiative.

The goal is for the developing golfers to meet once a month in order to check on their progress and this will be co-ordinated by the hosting towns, as each town has the right to host it on a monthly basis. Their challenges includes equipment, transport, coaches’ upliftment and coaches’ remuneration.

The committee would like to thank the effort made by the district municipality on coordinating the successful golf life skill development clinic from 4 to 8 April in Nylstroom. The 17 children from five different towns participated and was coached by professional golfers from Euphoria Golf Estate and assisted by development coaches.

Most of the children saw a golf ball and club for the first time on the first day of the clinic, but by the second day could already hit the ball 10 metres.

The 17 golf sets, golf t-shirts and golf shoes given to the children was one of the signs that the leaders cares about sports development, particularly golf as outlined by the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB).

They are hoping that this program will grow and produce golfers which will represent the local municipality, district, province on merit and eventually qualifying as PGA professional. If anyone would like to donate old golf clubs, balls or clothes to these children, Esme Behrens can also be contacted on 082 374 2079.