Gold standard for women’s golf

Women’s golf in South Africa is on the rise. And it’s set for a very bright future.

Last week, the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate hosted the last of the Standard Bank 2022 Women’s Pro-Am golf series, July 6-8, with top three Tandy McCallum, Lindy Coetzee and Nadia Van Der Westhuizen sharing the prize. money 600 000 rub.

A total of just over R5 million is available from just eight tournaments that make up the series, which runs over six months, from May to December, at venues across the country.

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The next tournament, the fourth in a series, will take place in Sun City from July 31 to August 2, with tournaments scheduled at St Francis Links in the Eastern Cape, Houghton Golf Club, Mount Edgecombe in Durban and Randpark Golf Club. .

“Traditionally, the women’s golf tournament, which includes the regular SA Women’s Open, lasts only three months per season. With the addition of the Pro-Am Series to the tour, there is now an additional six months (nine months in total) of competitive golf throughout the year, which bodes well for female golfers looking to improve their skills even further. and make a name for yourself,” said Presh Govender, regional head of consumer banking at Standard Bank.

The Pro-Am series is now in its second year, as is the Standard Bank Golf Development program, which aims to develop the skills of 100 girls aged 8 to 16.

Govender adds that golf is often seen as a sport out of reach for many South Africans.

“Yes, there is a particular focus on helping underprivileged girls and ensuring they are not only introduced to golf at an early age, but also get the support they need to further develop their playing skills,” Govender said.

“Most recently at Orange Farm, we added a total of 29 girls to the program from an initial enrollment of 30 girls last year, all of whom have moved into the third level of the development program. As part of the program, we are providing safe transportation for the girls to the Chris Hani Sports Stadium, which is approximately three kilometers from the school.”

Last year, Orange Farm’s 15-year-old developmental Tocollo Dlamini played at the October Pro-am event at Randpark Golf Club.