Johannesburg - On the same day that Gary Player was
celebrating his 50th anniversary of winning the Major Grand Slam
with the community in Soweto, another Soweto golfer was completing a Grand Slam
of his own.
Renowned South African rules official Theo Manyama
attended the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits thanks to support from
the PGA of South Africa.
And with this he completed his own Grand Slam of
having officiated at all of the four Majors. He is also the only South African
rules official to achieve this.
“I’m delighted to have completed my Grand Slam. It’s
been a big dream of mine because I always felt that if I didn’t do the PGA
Championship there would be something missing from my career. I am very
grateful to the PGA of South Africa that they helped to make this possible for
me,” he said.
“The PGA of South Africa is honoured to have
assisted Theo in this regard and we commend Theo on the friendships he has
built within the worldwide golf industry that ultimately made this dream
possible,” said Ivano Ficalbi, Chief Executive of the PGA of South Africa.
Manyama has now officiated at 16
Masters, nine US Opens, 19 Open Championships, and one PGA Championship.
And he says he has been overwhelmed by the support
he has received from the South African golf community.
“I’ve had so many South African golfers and caddies
coming up to me and congratulating me, and telling me that I’ve made them
proud. Gary Player is the only South African golfer who has won the Grand Slam.
And I am very proud that I am the only South African rules official with a
Grand Slam in officiating. I can honestly say this is the highlight of my
career as a rules official.”