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November 2018

One step at a time

The gains made by players in the SAGDB programme may sometimes seem small, but their significance can be far greater than first appearances suggest.

Last month 13-year old Phetolo Mahlo played in his first Limpopo Junior Open. After 72 holes of golf, he qualified for the matchplay.

His loss in the first round might suggest that this wasn't a particularly successful outing, but the SAGDB's development manager in the region, Jean Sadie, puts it in perspective.

“Phetolo only played his first nine holes of golf earlier this year,” he said. “From there to playing 85 holes in three days of strokeplay and matchplay, he has come a long way.”

It is this player development that defines what the SAGDB does. Taking learners from the very first time they swing a golf club to competing in official junior tournaments is what makes the programme unique.

“These youngsters make it worth everything we do,” said Sadie. “Their passion and dedication is sometimes very humbling.”