On Thursday the Sunshine Tour and Acushnet South Africa continued their longstanding tradition of giving back to the game when they donated 20,000 Titleist ProV1 balls to the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB).
Duncan Cruickshank, the Marketing and Communications Director for the Sunshine Tour, was proud to have the opportunity to help find and develop young talent in South Africa.
ÂTitleist is a partner of ours and they supply practice balls to us throughout the year. Together, what we try to do is support the South African Golf Development Board as much as possible. We want the next Ernie, Charl or Retief to come from any place in the South Africa, not just the formal structures,Â he said.
The balls are originally used by Sunshine Tour professionals for practice purposes. Once they have fulfilled the role of range ball, they go to helping grow young golfing talent.
ÂAt the end of the year we have 20,000 ProV1 balls, which canÂt be played with by anyone, because they have Âpractice ballÂ written all over them. We donate those balls to the South African Golf Development Board for them to use in their teaching programmes and academies,Â Cruickshank said.
Leonard Loxton, the manager of leadership promotions for Acushnet South Africa, was excited that the Titleist brand had this opportunity to provide for golf development within the country.
ÂItÂs been a privilege to be a part of this and itÂs great to know our product goes further than the professionals, helping develop the game where itÂs needed. Across the board itÂs important for golf to be grown at grassroots levels, and for our product to reach the SAGDB. ThatÂs exactly where it needs to be,Â said Loxton.
The SAGDBÂs Executive Director Grant Hepburn, along with four young members of the development programme, were all smiles after receiving such a generous donation.
ÂFirstly weÂd really like to thank the Sunshine Tour and Titleist for the 20,000 balls they donated to the programme today,Â said Hepburn. ÂItÂs one thing to have fantastic coaches and managers around the country, but with nearly 2,000 kids on the programme, itÂs vital that we have golf balls. In fact, itÂs always difficult to have enough, so these Titleist balls are something that we really are grateful for.Â