GolfRSA con­firms 2018 Fel­low­ship Cup dates

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GOLFRSA an­nounced re­cently that the third Fel­low­ship Cup be­tween South Africa and In­dia will take place in In­dia from Novem­ber26 to 30.

The in­au­gu­ral Fel­low­ship Cup fea­tured se­nior and mid-am­a­teur teams from both coun­tries, and was hosted by the In­dian Golf Union (IGU) at Royal Kolkata.

The re­verse fix­ture was played at Leop­ard Creek in South Africa and fea­tured se­nior, mid-am­a­teur, open am­a­teur and ju­nior (un­der-19) teams from each coun­try.

“We are ex­tremely pleased to an­nounce the date and se­lec­tion cri­te­ria for this year’s Fel­low­ship Cup, al­though the 2018 edi­tion will fea­ture a se­nior team and mid-am­a­teur team only,” said GolfRSA chief ex­ec­u­tive Grant Hep­burn.

“Re­gret­tably it was sim­ply not fea­si­ble to in­clude open am­a­teur and ju­nior teams this year, due to too many sched­ule con­flicts both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“How­ever, these sec­tions will both be in­volved again when we host the IGU in South Africa in 2019.”

South African Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (Saga) pres­i­dent Ge­off Tay­lor said positive dis­cus­sions be­tween the lo­cal union and the IGU stream­lined the cri­te­ria for this year’s Test.

“The age cat­e­gories be­tween Saga and the IGU vary, but thanks to pro­duc­tive dis­cus­sions with the IGU on this mat­ter, the union has gra­ciously agreed to use the Saga age cat­e­gories to de­ter­mine the se­lec­tion of the teams for the 2018 Fel­low­ship Cup,” Tay­lor said.

“This com­pro­mise is hugely im­por­tant to us, as it per­mits us to se­lect our teams di­rectly off the Saga rank­ings and en­ables us to re­ward our top-per­form­ing play­ers with na­tional colours and in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure. We are ex­tremely thank­ful to the IGU for this con­ces­sion.”

Saga sec­ond vice-pres­i­dent Martin Saaiman and GolfRSA Golf oper­a­tions assistant man­ager David Younge will ac­com­pany the two teams to In­dia.

The venue for the third an­nual Test will be an­nounced in due course. – African News Agency (ANA)

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