Royal Oak golf di­rec­tor is Pro­fes­sional of the Year.

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Ken Dube is Pro of the Year.

Kenneth Dube, the PGA of South Africa Pro­fes­sional of the Year for 2018, is the first black pro­fes­sional to achieve the hon­our. Dube is golf di­rec­tor at Royal Oak Golf Club in Brak­pan, Gaut­eng, where he runs his own golf academy with 70 stu­dents. His prize in­cludes the use of a Mercedes Benz C-180 for a year.

Dube has spent his en­tire PGA ca­reer work­ing in Ekurhu­leni, ini­tially as the club pro at Springs Coun­try Club from 2000 on­wards af­ter serv­ing his PGA ap­pren­tice­ship at Coun­try Club Jo­han­nes­burg un­der Peter Ni­cholls. He also re­ceived the PGA Club Pro­fes­sional Award.

“Kenneth has made an in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the PGA in his 18 years as a mem­ber,” said Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ivano Fi­calbi. “He was on the Board of Di­rec­tors in 20032004 and has served for many years on the Gaut­eng Cen­tral PGA Com­mit­tee. He’s an ac­tive mem­ber, play­ing in ev­ery na­tional and re­gional pro-am he can. He has won the na­tional Or­der of Merit on a few oc­ca­sions.”

The 48-year-old Dube first made head­lines in 2003 when he be­came the first black pro­fes­sional to win the na­tional Club Pro Cham­pi­onship. At Dain­fern he was seven-un­der-par over 54 holes to beat Steve Shearer, Ga­van Leven­son and Kevin Stone. Dube was in­tro­duced to golf in 1992 af­ter be­ing em­ployed at Roger Man­ning’s golf shop at Hud­dle Park, and soon taught him­self to play.

San Lameer’s Meyer du Toit re­ceived the PGA Man­age­ment Award, recog­nis­ing his work on the KZN South Coast with the Mark McNulty Ju­nior Golf Foun­da­tion and the host­ing of sev­eral ju­nior events at San Lameer.

John Dick­son, based at The Els Club Cop­per­leaf in Gaut­eng, won the Coach of the Year award for the third time in his ca­reer in recog­ni­tion of his con­tin­ued pas­sion in over 20 years of teach­ing.

Michael Balder­stone was named En­tre­pre­neur of the Year for the phe­nom­e­nal growth of The Golf School of Ex­cel­lence – For­mer Sun­shine Tour player and univer­sity grad­u­ate Sean Far­rell re­ceived the PGA’s Ap­pren­tice of the Year award. Far­rell stud­ied mar­ket­ing man­age­ment at Vir­ginia Tech Univer­sity (USA) and played in three world am­a­teur cham­pi­onships for Zim­babwe. He started GolfGuys, a “on­estop so­lu­tion” golf man­age­ment com­pany based in Ge­orge in the Gar­den Route that spe­cialises in events, tours and re­tail. from seven full­time stu­dents when it opened in 2004 to 125 to­day. With fran­chises in Jo­han­nes­burg, Pre­to­ria and Cape Town, it of­fers a PGA Diploma plus green­keep­ing and club man­age­ment qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Peter Ber­man, coach of tour star Branden Grace, re­ceived the Grow Golf Award. The owner of Scratch Golf in Knysna, Ber­man has in­tro­duced over 3 000 chil­dren in the area to golf, and em­ploys five PGA coaches to run a ju­nior academy.

The awards evening at Royal Jo­han­nes­burg & Kens­ing­ton saw De­nis Hutchin­son named PGA Am­bas­sador of the Year in recog­ni­tion of his 58 years with the as­so­ci­a­tion, of which he is also a Mas­ter Pro­fes­sional Mem­ber, Hon­orary Life Mem­ber and Hon­orary Life Pres­i­dent of the PGA. “De­nis adds im­mense value to the PGA, and epit­o­mises what it means to be a true PGA pro­fes­sional, one who pro­motes the game he loves and the spirit in which it should be played,” said Fi­calbi.

Kenneth Dube re­ceives his award from Louis De­stroo, PGA vice chair­man.

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