Ray Nkonyeni Municipality mayor, Councillor Nomusa Mqwebu, says the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality is proud to have been a key facilitator in the resurgence in women’s professional golf in South Africa.
The municipality, in conjunction with Ugu South Coast Tourism, has played an integral role in bolstering women’s golf by throwing its weight behind the South African Women’s Open.
The 54-hole tournament, sanctioned by the WPGA of South Africa, heads to the South Coast for a fifth successive year in early 2017.
The competition will carry a purse of R250,000 and will be staged at San Lameer Country Club from 26-28 January.
Mqwebu said the tournament sparked the launch of the Mayoral Golf Academy and that they are excited to welcome back the event.
“The SA Women’s Open has become a very significant attraction in this region from an economic, tourism and sport development point of view since we first partnered with World Sports Promotions to bring back the SA Women’s Open to the national schedule in 2012,” said Mqwebu, an avid golfer herself.
“This championship showcases the spectacular beauty of the South Coast and draws visitors to our shores, but it also plays a very important role in sparking the interest and shaping the future of our rising young golf talent.
“Our involvement with the SA Women’s Open directly led to the establishment of the Mayoral Golf Academy, where we introduce young girls from all over the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality district to the game of golf.
“It is important for the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality to continue its legacy with the SA Women’s Open and we hope to continue our support for the next generation of South African golf stars with the fifth staging of this event on the South Coast.
“The 2017 championship promises to deliver a great contest with Lee-Anne targeting a three-peat of titles and our rising stars endeavouring to beat South Africa’s best.”