Cape Town - Golf RSA, the governing body for amateur golf in South
Africa, has announced a national squad of 34 players for 2016.
squad will be made up of some of the country’s most talented young amateurs and
will feature players from the top of the open amateur and junior amateur
rankings, plus a good mix of promising youngsters who have the potential to
become great players.
Africa’s top ranked amateur Tristen Strydom spearheads the group of Open
Amateurs, while the country’s number one ranked junior Ross Sinclair leads the
way in the Under-19 section.
African Golf Development Board member Banele Mavusa from Mpumalanga and Wilco
Nienaber from Free State, who shared the Most Valuable Player honours in the
B-Section at the recent South African Under-19 Inter-Provincial, are also among
the 2016 inductees.
by businessman Johann Rupert, one of the main objectives of the National Squad
is to ensure that should players opt to turn professional, they are well
prepared for the rigours of the paid ranks.
believe that by enhancing the players’ amateur experiences and opportunities,
we can produce stronger national teams and provide individuals with the best
preparation for life as golf professionals,” explained Golf RSA CEO Grant
where the National Squad comes in. Thanks to the generosity of Mr Rupert, we
are able to provide funding, support, advice, training camps and, ultimately,
playing opportunities for the best of South Africa’s young golfing talent.
Golf South Africa are nominating their own National Squad early next year. The
squad will receive funding from Golf RSA and their Elite Squad players will be
invited to attend our National Squad camps.”
National Squad will provide a valuable platform for talented golfers to further
develop their skills and showcase themselves through competition, locally and
on the world stage.
on the fringe of selection to the National Squad will also benefit from squad
funding via their provincial unions, and will be closely monitored. These
players will have a chance to play their way into the squad through good
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