Sporting industry has transitioned immensely over the years, with women’s voices and presence changing the sporting landscape
The Sunday Express Reporter
East London’s Yolanda Duma credited a consistent practice regime coupled with unwavering determination and patience after she battled to a round of 73 which handed her a two-stroke victory in the Standard Bank Pro-Am Series event that was held at Eagle Canyon on Thursday.
Coming into this sixth event of the seven-tournament Standard Bank Pro-Am Series at the back of a tough tournament in
Houghton where she placed 22nd, Duma knew the work that awaited her at the windy Eagle Canyon.
“It feels really great to get it done,” she said after her win, “It feels like my hard work is paying off because I started practising and working hard on my game and this win shows that the hard work is starting to pay off.
“The tournament was great but, as I said, it was very windy today and you had to battle hard. I am happy that I managed to sink some birdies and get a great score.”
The East London Golf Club player, who also teaches golf, has been an ever-present figure on the series, playing in all six tournaments so far. While she has found the going tough in a couple of those events, Duma maintains that with the work she has been putting in, something was always going to give and her victory in Roodepoort proves just that.
“I have been working hard on a few aspects of my game,” she added, “and I knew that if I stay patient and just focus on my game, something will come. A win like this, under tough conditions, does a lot to help the confidence going forward, so I’m very happy with the way I have been playing.”
Three-time winner, Ivanna Samu’s three-over 75 was enough to earn her a runners-up finish, a result that will see her maintain her spot atop the Order of Merit standings after a very dominant season. Taking the third spot on the final leaderboard was Tandi McCallum after she signed for a 76.
Brittney-Fay Berger finished fourth after a round of 79 and the quartet of Zethu Myeki, Tara Griebenow, Lenanda van der Watt and Francesca Cuturi tied fifth.
The next event, the last of the regular schedule, is to be played at Silverlakes on October 7, before the finale, the StandardBank Pro-Am Invitational is played at Randpark Golf Club from 25-26 of the same month.
Standard Bank Golf Development Programme partners with Nobuhle Dlamini for development
Meanwhile the sporting industry has transitioned immensely over the years, with women’s voices and presence changing the sporting landscape. It is profound how women have positioned themselves and embraced the challenges they have faced in their respective journeys.
Standard Bank Golf Development
The Standard Bank Golf Development Programme is proud to announce its partnership with Nobuhle Dlamini, the leading Swaziland professional golf player.
Nobuhle who was inspired by her late father, who was a self-taught golfer, who over time became a caddie, managing to qualify for the European golf teacher diploma – has risen through the golfing ranks because of her hard work, dedication to the sport and drive.
“As a financial institution, we are really excited to be affiliated with a woman of such great stature, one that has worked really hard to create a name for herself. Our programme aims to develop and empower young women who have a strong love for the sports of golf and working alongside Nobuhle, we believe we can further reach these young people and make an even greater impact in their lives,” said Lee John Maans – Head of Personal Banking Gauteng Province.
Aimed at taking the game of golf directly to the girls to create interest and excitement for the game, and generate support for them within their communities, the Standard Bank Golf Development Programme has been designed to grow women’s golf on all levels and create opportunities for young females and women in South Africa to forge professional careers for themselves in the golf industry through playing ability, coaching and all aspects related to the business of golf.
“Partnering with Nobuhle was a no brainer, her drive to succeed makes her the ideal role model for young, aspirant sports stars – especially young girls,” stated Jenny Havenga of Lifestyle Golf, founder and promoters of the Standard Bank Golf Development Programme.
“Our aim as an organisation is to ensure that the game of golf is made accessible to every young person who has a vested interest in it. It is through the partnership with Standard Bank and that of Nobuhle Dlamini that we believe we will continue to reach our set targets.”
In 2012 and 2013 Dlamini was the top-ranked female amateur in South Africa, winning multiple tournaments sanctioned by Women’s Golf South Africa.
Dlamini has bagged multiple titles under her name and has participated in multiple competitions such as the Sun Tour Champion and won the South African Women’s Amateur Stroke Play, Nomads Gauteng, L.P.G.A qualifying tournament, just to name a few.
“Personally, I couldn’t be more excited to work alongside Standard Bank, Lifestyle Golf and the Women’s Professional Golf Association in expanding the reach and development of the Standard Bank Golf Development Programme. Understanding how I was introduced to the sports through my father, it has become my personal goal to help younger girls gain easier access to the sports and learn and develop very early in their careers”, said Dlamini.
The key focus has been on creating accessibility ensuring that the game of golf is taken to young girls to garner interest and increase participation. The aim is to promote, grow and develop women’s professional golf in South Africa. By creating accessibility to sports we are contributing to growing and grooming young talent which is part of the fundamental goal of the programme.
The programme also facilitates the identifying and recruitment of young girls with focus on driving participation in sports, creating a platform that makes it possible for women to reach greater heights.
Jit Television News presenter Lennox Wasara gets special mention
On behalf of Standard Bank and Lifestyle Golf we’d like to thank Lennox Wasara for being part of the 2021 Standard Bank Pro-Am Series at Eagle Canyon Golf Estate on 16 September 2021.
“Golf is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, and Standard Bank’s sponsorship aims to support and grow the development of women’s golf locally and across Africa at large. Standard Bank aims to drive the development of female players at grassroots level and empower talented professional female golfers by creating opportunities for more playing time which will enable them to hone their skills further.”
Our purpose is to offer corporates and golfing friends the awesome opportunity of playing with a lady professional golfer at 7 Pro-Ams this year and the calendar for future events can be viewed on this link – https://www.lifestylegolf.co.za/events/.
We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate our winners and advise that your prizes will be couriered to you:
1st Position on 90 Points C/O
* Siviwe Duma (Pro), Surasen Thambiran, Ravi Saman and Nolan Chetty
2nd Position on 90 Points C/O
* Ivanna Samu (Pro), Norman Ntabane, Tswarelo Mashishimane and Martin Lusenga
3rd Position on Points
* Tara Griebenow (Pro), Johannes Walters, Mandla Nkozi and Charles Ngidi
Top Pro Positions:
Yolanda Duma + 1, 73
Ivanna Samu +3, 75
Tandi McCallum +4, 76
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