Pros teach for the right reasons

At Royal Cape Golf Club On Tuesday afternoon the range was not filled with practicing professionals, but instead with a group of school children being coached by four Sunshine Tour players. There was no fuss made about this clinic, no expectation of recognition from professionals Wallie Coetsee, Peter Wilson, Ryan Thompson and Zuko Sangqu.


“It’s always fun to give back to the game after 21 years on tour. It’s nice for the kids to be involved and we like to encourage them. We’ve got to teach people to enjoy the game. It’s not about winning, it’s about bettering yourself,” said Coetsee, who is pictured here.


The clinic was started by Coetsee and Wilson at the inaugural Lion of Africa Cape Town Open a year ago. The two seasoned pros decided to give something back and approached Percy de Leeuw and Leon Barry, who run the school league team from Atlantis Golf Club. The rest is history.


“Some of our young kids are on the street and they don’t do much for themselves," said De Leeuw. "Our passion is to get them off the street and give them self respect and pride through the game of golf."


The 12 children were coached on many aspects of their game, starting with swing coaching on the range and then chipping and putting practice later on. The Sunshine Tour professionals expected nothing in return… the joy in inspiring youngsters was reward enough.


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