Holes 4 Hope sets records

2014-02-05 10:34
Ian Kennedy (File)
Cape Town - On Saturday, February 1, ably assisted by the entire Golf Operations team, Steenberg’s Director of Golf, Ian Kennedy, and six other Steenberg PGA professionals played golf in a relay style format from 06:00 to 18:00.

This formidable team of young gentlemen played 321 holes and raised an impressive R160 000 for the iThemba House Trust. This was eight holes more than their previous record and is also their highest recorded monetary total so far.
This year, Kennedy challenged Dave Usendorff and his team from The Els Club at Copperleaf but as the air is a little thinner in the Highveld, Dave and his pro’s have an extra two weeks to prepare themselves until their turn on Saturday, February 15. The challenge is to see who can raise the most money and play the most holes in the allotted 12 hours and although it is a “challenge” the ultimate winner is charity. The intention of the challenge is to donate more funds for others and Kennedy is likely to expand the challenge each year and next year is looking at a team in KwaZulu-Natal.

Steenberg is well known for their charity initiatives and Holes 4 Hope is yet another way that Steenberg Golf Club gives back to the community.  Holes 4 Hope is one of their recent initiatives and in the three years since inception the event has raised R440 000.

The money was raised through the generous donations and pledges by the Steenberg members. Pledges were assured through the holes played as well as the birdies and eagles scored (the team scored 51 birdies and 2 eagles).

When asked about this year’s Holes 4 Hope, Kennedy said the following, “Saturday was a humbling and gratifying experience for all seven of us. We surpassed our expectations of the holes and money played, and are looking forward to seeing what Dave and the Copperleaf team can do on the 15th. The guys rallied together on their 36 hole loops and nothing could slow us down when thinking of the difference which we were making in children’s lives. We are also all so grateful to our incredible members for their financial and spirited support of Holes 4 Hope and we are blessed to be a part of this great golf club. We have got an even better event planned for 2015 and it is our intention to improve on the occasion every year”

The funds raised by Holes 4 Hope will once again go to the iThemba House Trust, which has several child welfare initiatives that they support. These include a safe house for abused babies and children as well as the self-supporting Bulelani crèche catering for 102 children in Delft. Steenberg have also made a generous contribution to the Els 4 Autism Foundation which is one of Ernie Els’ charities.

The other six professionals who played their way through the busy Saturday field at Steenberg were PJ Pywell, Greg McLaughlin, Etienne Olivier, Darryn Pitout, Hendrik de Graaf and Adrian Raath. You can follow the team’s progress on Facebook at

If you would like more information or would like still to make a contribution, please contact Ian Kennedy at Steenberg Golf Club on

For more information about iThemba House, please go to

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