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May 2009

Do you know what 10 000 golf balls look like?

JOHANNESBURG, March 19.

Children in the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB) coaching programme in Gauteng found out what 10 000 golf balls placed together looks like when The Sunshine Tour handed over 10,000 Titleist golf balls to the SAGDB at a small ceremony at Vodacom World of Golf in Woodmead, Johannesburg yesterday.
"We have been giving our range balls to the SAGDB every year after the summer swing of the Sunshine Tour," said the tour's chief rules official Theo Manyama at the handover.

The tour usually gave 2,500-3,000 balls a year to the SAGDB, but, said Manyama, with the players using more and more balls on the tournament ranges in the three European Tour co-sanctioned events (Alfred Dunhill Championship, SA Open and Joburg Open), the tour was able to give the SAGDB many more than usual.
"We have always believed that we should be helping the SAGDB," said Manyama, "and this time, with 10,000 balls, it's something a bit bigger than usual."

The balls will be distributed to all the SAGDB's regions, where they will be used by learners at the Level 2 stage of the board's training programme. Players at this level are being introduced to course play on mashie and par-three courses and require balls for their coaching sessions.
"We are extremely grateful to the Sunshine Tour for this wonderful donation," said SAGDB managing executive Ken Viljoen. "These balls will directly assist the board in saving costs by taking away the need to purchase our own balls for coaching purposes."

Present at the handover were Manyama, technical advisor Grant Hepburn and Gauteng development manager Norman Mashaba of the SAGDB, and Leonard Loxton of Titleist.
"We bring in many more balls for use in the Sunshine Tour events now, supplying practice balls for all eight summer swing events," said Loxton, "and to be linked through the tour to development is great involvement in the sport for us."