Henry de Graeff has been chairman of Golforama since 2009, and the Sunshine Tour made a small presentation to him ahead of this week's Investec Cup.
De Graeff spearheaded a critical part of the staging of professional tournaments, as the Golforama Nomads provide the manpower required for live scoring – both online and on site throughout the Sunshine Tour year – often working in difficult conditions, but always efficiently and with an enthusiasm and sense of humour which makes their important work even more valuable.
The concept of Golforama started in approximately 1962, recording the scores made by each professional player at a tournament. These scores were then displayed on a central board containing the names of all the players in the field. There were a number of leader boards around the golf course displaying the current top 5 leaders’ scores. There was a problem in obtaining volunteers from the ranks of the Nomads due to their work and business.
These days, driven by a succession of chairmen – most recently De Graeff – there is a core of volunteers, assisted by enthusiastic Nomads which performs this vital function at every Sunshine Tour event.
And through the fees charged for all these events they are able to contribute a substantial sum to a whole variety of junior tournaments and other worthy golfing endeavours.
Speaking at the small function arranged to honour the contribution of De Graeff, Sunshine Tour operations manager Dirk Cloete and tournament director Gary Todd outlined how important the work he had organised is to the success of the Tour, and thanked De Graeff for a relationship which had developed into a friendship.
He was presented with a plaque for his commitment to the cause, and he spoke of how his relationship with the Tour had grown over the years. He also committed himself to returning to the ranks and continuing to work for Golforama in the future.