Golf day to celebrate Player

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

South African golf leg­end Gary Player’s role as one of the coun­try’s great­est sport­ing am­bas­sadors will be cel­e­brated at a golf day in his hon­our at the Soweto Coun­try Club on Satur­day.

The event will also mark the 50th an­niver­sary of his grand slam achieve­ments in an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer.

Player, now 79, cap­tured nine ma­jors in a distin­guished ca­reer that made him one of the most re­spected golfers in the world.

He be­came only the third golfer in history to win the ca­reer grand slam af­ter Amer­i­cans Ben Ho­gan and Gene Sarazen.

At 29, Player cap­tured the 1965 US Open and be­came the only nonAmer­i­can to win all four ma­jors.

The Sun­shine Tour will part­ner with the City of Johannesburg to recog­nise his ca­reer.

Sun­shine Tour ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Sel­wyn Nathan said funds from the golf day would be used to de­velop the club. “Player is an icon of world sport, and the Soweto Coun­try Club is the per­fect venue for us to celebrate his vi­sion with the very peo­ple whose lives he helped try to change,” said Nathan.

For­mer French Open win­ner Vin­cent Tsha­bal­ala and sev­eral other Soweto golf­ing lu­mi­nar­ies will join Player to com­pete in the event.

Tsha­bal­ala (73), who hails from Alexan­dra, Johannesburg, won the Nel­son Man­dela In­vi­ta­tional in 2004 and 2005.

He played with Ernie Els in 2004 and Tim Clark in 2005.

The full field for the golf day will be fi­nalised this week.

One of the coun­try’s up-and­com­ing play­ers on the golf day will be Musi­walo Nethun­zwi.

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Vin­cent Tsha­bal­ala will com­pete in the golf

day

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