Cape Town - The PGA of South Africa is at the forefront of an
exciting growth phase in Mauritius golf, with as many as eight fully qualified
South African PGA professionals making their mark in various facets of the
island’s golf industry.
On the tournament front, Mauritius will this year host
its third AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, a tri-sanctioned tournament between the
Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and European Tour. It will do so at the spectacular
Heritage Golf Club, which forms part of the Heritage Resorts in Mauritius.
Ryan Dodds has been key to the tournament’s growth as
he divides his time between assisting with this event and then also working as
General Manager of the Avalon Golf Estate in Mauritius.
The General Manager at the Heritage Golf Club is
another PGA of South Africa professional in Jonathan Menteath, who will be
overseeing his first AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at the golf course in
Heritage Resorts has also announced that it will be
building a second championship golf course at the resort, built by longtime PGA
of South Africa member and leading golf course architect Peter Matkovich and
Major winner and Honorary Member of the PGA of South Africa, Louis Oosthuizen.
Heritage Resorts is an official partner of the PGA of
South Africa and the association will be hosting its first Mauritius pro-am
here next year.
And Dave Usendorff completes the strong South African
golf presence in Mauritius as the newly-appointed Director of Golf at the Four
Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita.
“It’s always satisfying to see our PGA of South Africa
professionals doing well in international markets as this reinforces the high
standard of education and training offered by the PGA of South Africa,
contributing to the growth of the game within Southern Africa and beyond,” said
Ivano Ficalbi, Chief Executive of the PGA of South Africa.
members also do an incredible amount for the growth of the local golf industry
where they work. In Mauritius, both Dave Usendorff and Jonathan Menteath have
several golf assistants working under them who are Mauritians and who will
obviously be a vital asset to the growing golf economy on the island.”