Encouraging support in Southern Cape
As the Southern Cape continues to grow in stature as a leading golfing destination, the SAGDB's operations in that region are also going from strength to strength. Thanks to great support from the local golf industry, youngsters in the SAGDB programme are benefiting from the wonderful facilities in their area.
Recently Kingswood Golf Estate near George offered the SAGDB's Elite Squad the opportunity to use the course free of charge once a month. Their award-winning Sally Little signature course is becoming recognised as one of the best in the country, and having the chance to test themselves regularly over this layout will be a big boost to the top SAGDB youngsters in the region.
WPGA teaching professional Val Holland, who is currently the director of golf at Kingswood, has also taken the time to share some of her expertise with the SAGDB's head coach for the Southern Cape, Joseph Booysen. This will, no doubt, filter down to the players under Booysen's tutelage.
Furthermore, the Fancourt Golf Academy has for some time allowed the SAGDB's Elite Squad to practice at their facility every Wednesday. The Academy's Head Coach, Adam McKinley, has also conducted flight scope analyses for every player in the squad, helping them to better understand their swings.
The KeNako Golf Academy in George has also become a keen supporter of the SAGDB, giving a selection of top players the opportunity to benefit from both its facilities and the expertise of its staff. Recently KeNako also invited an SAGDB team to compete in the inaugural KeNako Schools Golf Festival, which provided a great opportunity for them to test their skill against their peers from across the country.
With the added support of the Southern Cape Golf Union, the SAGDB's operations in the region seem set to continue to reach new heights. The recent opening of a new SAGDB chapter in Mossel Bay is confirmation of the growing strength of the programme.