By Zuko Komisa
The golfing community will be kicking off the year on a high note as the 2020 S.A. Open is heading to the city of Johannesburg.
City of Johannesburg Event Management Director and Tournament Promoter, Bongi Mokaba recently joined the Drive-Thru with Mosibodi Whitehead and Sandile van Heerden to discuss what will be happening.
She spoke about the growth of the sport in the city and how they are aiding the development of golf for the next generation.
“We’re looking at golf as one of the sports that has been considered as an elite sport, but golf is growing, golf is expanding… the city is expanding in terms of how the outreach and development of golf is shaping.”
The SA Open is the world’s second-oldest golf tournament since its first formal event was organized in 1903, with retired golfer Gary Player being the most successful player in the tournament’s history, with 13 victories over four decades between 1956 and 1981. This year will feature a field of 240 professionals including Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Charl Schwartzel and former champion Brandon Stone competing for a minimum of R17.5 million in prize money.
Listen to the full conversation here:
Golfers Thabiso Ngcobo and Dwayne Basson who have been chosen as promising amateur golfer to compete with the professional golfers at this year’s tournament also spoke about their love for golf and playing at the SA Open.
26-year-old Thabiso Ngcobo from Pretoria, says the opportunity to play with a professional golfer is a welcomed one that could potentially change his career.
“It’s my first time at SA Open, I going to treat it as an experience, I think we all are capable of playing good golf, we just need to be given the opportunity to play. You never know just from an invite, it could be a really changing week for you, you play well at it just opens up your whole career.”
The South African Open will be played on Randparks’ two championship golf courses, Firethorn and Bushwillow between 9-12 January 2019.