Golf day to celebrate Player
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.
Vincent Tshabalala will compete in the golf