New challenge for Holes 4 Hope

2014-01-24 11:11
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 will be playing golf for 12 consecutive hours and seeing how many holes they can play in a relay format while raising as much money for the iThemba House Trust as they can.

Last year, Kennedy and his team raised R140 000 through the generous donations and pledges of Steenberg members and completed 313 holes in the allotted 12 hours, scoring an impressive 47 birdies and 3 eagles in the process.

However, this year he has challenged Dave Usendorff and his team from The Els Club at Copperleaf to see who can play the most holes and raise the larger amount of money for their respective charities.

Although Kennedy and Usendorff have been niggling each other over the last year since the challenge was set on SuperGolf, the main winners will be iThemba House and the Olievenhoutbosch Christian School. The target this year is a whopping R300 000 between the two clubs and over 300 holes each in their allotted 12 hour golf marathon.

When asked about the initiative of Holes 4 Hope, Kennedy said the following, “We are not men who are in a position to give generous sums of money to charity; however we have access to the incredibly big-hearted members of Steenberg and a sporting ability which can make a difference to others. Holes 4 Hope started off as a basic idea where I had wanted to raise some money for iThemba House. However, the last two years it has exceeded my expectations and became something a lot larger than what I had imagined. I am incredibly proud and grateful for the R280 000 that we have raised in the last two years and it is an honour for us to use our talents for the betterment of others. By changing the format slightly this year and challenging The Els Club at Copperleaf, we are hopefully going to raise more money and I hope that, through this initiative, other athletes will follow and use their abilities to raise funds for others in their various disciplines.”

Steenberg Golf Club is well known for their generous fundraising initiatives and Holes 4 Hope is another of these over and above the Steenberg Classic that donated R650 000 to charity in November last year. The funds raised during Holes 4 Hope in 2014 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.

The other six professionals playing their way through the busy Saturday field at Steenberg are 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 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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