Giving back to Golf Development

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.

“Titleist 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,” 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.

“At the end of the year we have 20,000 ProV1 balls, which can’t be played with by anyone, because they have ‘practice ball’ 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,” 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.

“It’s been a privilege to be a part of this and it’s great to know our product goes further than the professionals, helping develop the game where it’s needed. Across the board it’s important for golf to be grown at grassroots levels, and for our product to reach the SAGDB. That’s exactly where it needs to be,” said Loxton.

The SAGDB’s Executive Director Grant Hepburn, along with four young members of the development programme, were all smiles after receiving such a generous donation.

“Firstly we’d really like to thank the Sunshine Tour and Titleist for the 20,000 balls they donated to the programme today,” said Hepburn. “It’s one thing to have fantastic coaches and managers around the country, but with nearly 2,000 kids on the programme, it’s vital that we have golf balls. In fact, it’s always difficult to have enough, so these Titleist balls are something that we really are grateful for.”

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