Joburg Open Pro-Am goes to Soweto
It was a moment of immense pride for members of Soweto Country Club when the Joburg Open held its official pro-am in this iconic township for the first time. The cancellation of the pro-am days at February’s Joburg Open, because of heavy rain at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, afforded the City of Joburg the opportunity to make the co-sanctioned tournament as inclusive as possible by moving the pro-am to Soweto. Sunshine Tour and Ladies Tour professionals joined Soweto members and various business leaders and government dignitaries in a two-day pro-am.
And Herman Mashaba, Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, announced that in future the Joburg Open pro-am will be played at Soweto CC .“When I first heard of the plan it was music to my ears. What a wonderful opportunity. It is our desire to work with the Sunshine Tour and Joburg Open to make Soweto CC one of the greatest (golf clubs) in our city.”
The club is undergoing its most extensive upgrade in history, the clubhouse recently refurbished as part of a threephase plan to also erect a fence around the course and then upgrade the course itself.
“This is about the whole community of Soweto and them being proud of this facility. Our role as government is to help create that enabling environment, and we need the private sector to play its part as has been the case here,” said Mashaba.
Selwyn Nathan, Executive Director of the Sunshine Tour, expressed his delight at the Joburg Open making such a commitment to the development of Soweto CC. “When Bongi Mokaba, the city’s Event Management Director, and I spoke about the idea of hosting the pro-am in Soweto, it was with the goal of continuing to ensure that the Joburg Open truly benefits the residents of this city. A pleasing aspect was that we created about 120 jobs for the two days of this pro-am by using only local suppliers in Soweto, from the catering to caddies.”
Players and caddies at the Joburg Open Pro-Am. From left, Sunshine Tour pro Merrick Bremner, Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, Ludwig Manyama (Sunshine Tour), Larry Nestadt and Selwyn Nathan (Sunshine Tour Executive Director). Below: The refurbished Soweto CC clubhouse. WINNING LETTER PRIZE