Malelane - Johann Rupert has been awarded Honorary
Membership of the PGA of South Africa, becoming the first amateur golfer in the
90-year history of the PGA of South Africa to receive this award.
Rupert received the award in recognition
of his outstanding contribution to golf in South Africa and globally, including
his role as the Chairman of the Sunshine Tour, his support of South African
amateur golf, and his founding and continued support of the South African Golf
Development Board (SAGDB).
“Mr Rupert, through his business
influence and passion for golf, has done an immense amount of good work at all
levels of the game in South Africa, from development to the professional
arena,” Paul Marks, Chairman of the PGA of South Africa, said.
“As the PGA of South Africa, we take
great pleasure in awarding Mr Rupert Honorary Membership of the association and
in recognition of his tireless and continued support of South African golf.”
Rupert received the award at the Alfred
Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek on Tuesday, with Major winners and fellow
Honorary Members of the PGA Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel and multiple
European Tour winner Branden Grace in the audience of professional golfers,
business leaders and golf administrators.
“Golf has given me far more than I’ve
ever done in giving to golf. It has given me friendships worldwide that I
treasure. Thank you very much. It’s a very big honour. The PGA of South Africa
does an incredible job and I will really treasure this award,” said Rupert.From
left to right: Paul Marks, chairperson of the PGA of South Africa, Johann Rupert
and Ivano Ficalbi, Chief Executive of the PGA of South Africa, at the awarding
of Honorary Membership of the PGA of South Africa to Rupert at Leopard Creek on
Tuesday (Heinrich Helmbold)