21st February 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Excitement for SADGA at Cape Town Open
Excitement was written all over the faces of 20 children from the South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA), who were involved in a golf coaching clinic conducted by professional golfers ahead of the official start of the Cape Town Open presented by Sun International, at King David Mowbray Golf Club.
While learning the game from the professionals was a dominant factor on Wednesday, national coach at SADGA, Andrew Corthing, said the clinic was more than just hitting balls and making putts.
“It is quite important to give these children an opportunity and exposure to what is happening in the world of golf,” Corthing said. “At the end of the day, obviously, we all know that they are not all going to be able to play the disabled golf, but it is just to see the players they see on TV and just to teach them basic life skills and morals and dress code.
“I have been doing this for the last 15 years and what’s vital is that golf is just a tool to be able to teach them life skills,” Corthing added.
Some of the professionals involved included promising youngster, Kyle McClatchie, whose young career seems to be shooting for the stars. His highlight from the clinic was less about golf and more about the human touch.
“For me it was about having fun with the kids,” said McClatchie. “It is nice for them to go outside and meet new people and make great friends. Golf teaches you a lot about life, etiquette and so on. There are some good guys here and I was chuffed to see the guys out here showing us their talents and hopefully we’ll see a few of them out on the course one day.”
The sentiment echoed by Jacquin Hess, who seems never to miss a chance to interact with aspiring golfers, whether they’re from the SADGA or the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB). While he was not part of the initial five players who were scheduled to conduct the clinic, the member of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 jumped at the chance when he heard one of the players had become unavailable.
“It’s always a pleasure for me to get involved,” said Hess. “The happiness the kids show and how they want to learn is amazing. Maybe they won’t all become golfers, some may be club administrators or anything they want because you can see they have the enthusiasm and discipline, and that’s what golf will teach you. So, I am happy to give back.”
There will be a second clinic held during the week, but this one will be with the SAGDB and it will be held on Friday.