SHOCK RES­IG­NA­TION

SAGA pres­i­dent Ger­hard Con­radie steps down.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene - By Barry Havenga

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.

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