SAGA president Gerhard Conradie steps down.
SAGolf Association president Gerhard Conradie, having served as an executive member for 13 years, has resigned from office with a year remaining of his presidency. Conradie cited his health as a reason for resigning, but Golf Digest has learned that he was asked to step down due to alleged improper behaviour.
Senior vice-president Geoff Taylor, a member at Clovelly CC in Cape Town, took office as the new president on February 4, with second vice-president Naadir Agherdien assuming Taylor’s role.
“I have been struggling with my health for two years and after a recent consultation with my doctor it was advised that I cut back on my workload,” said the 60-year-old Conradie, from Hermanus in the Western Cape. “I was (also) offered an opportunity to pursue a business venture within golf, and while I will only have a small role I do not believe I could commit to that opportunity while serving as president of the SAGA.”
That “business venture” is what initially created rumblings within the hierarchy of the SAGA. Conradie, while he was president, formed a company (Africa Sports Management) with Boland Golf Union president Johan Scholtz – who is the sole shareholder – which was then awarded a contract to run the recently launched Windhoek Lager International Pairs ( seepage85).
At a teleconference between SAGA office bearers, executive members and employees (excluding Conradie) in the last week of January, it was agreed that a serious conflict of interest had allegedly occurred, and Conradie would be given an option to resign.
Conradie had been in golf administration since 1992, when he joined the committee at Hermanus GC. Elected to the Boland Golf Union in 1998, he became president in 2002, and joined the SAGA executive committee in 2003.
The SAGA will elect a new second vice-president during the SA Amateur week at George Golf Club from February 28 to March 4.
Gerhard Conradie ( le ) with Geoff Taylor.