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2019 Canon SA Disabled Golf Open

With the curtain drawn on the 2019 Canon SA Disabled Golf Open, it is time to pay tribute to those parties who were instrumental in ensuring that the tournament was a resounding success yet again.

Magalies Park Golf Club has been a popular host venue of our flagship event over the past two years and with good reason: the course – which is always in superb condition – offers a stern test of every facet of the competitors’ game.

The well-manicured greens allow competitors with a great touch with the flat-stick to cash-in – evident from the matching 70s recorded by champion Mike Browne and Geoff Nicholas on the opening day. Thanks must go to the greens-keeping staff for ensuring that the course was in Championship-shape throughout the week.

The beauty of the Magalies Park resort lies in the fact that tournament players and organisers alike are able to stay on site for the duration of the week. This certainly enhances the spirit and overall enjoyment of the week so a sincere thank you must be extended to the resort’s management for once again being such generous and welcoming hosts.

Staging an event on the scale of the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open is no small feat and requires that those overseeing logistics are on top of their game. In this regard, Carol Lourens of FLOOID was an invaluable asset to the SADGA team. Her attention to detail and professionalism ensured that all of the needs of the players were well tended to.

As always, there were a number of Deaf golfers teeing it up in the event. We are grateful for the contribution made by interpreter Carmen Oostenbrink who helped the players articulate their thoughts eloquently and insightfully.

A highlight of any tournament held at Magalies Park is undoubtedly the food served. Thank you to Pica Pau for serving such fantastic dishes and for ensuring that irrespective of how one’s round may have gone that there was always a delicious meal to look forward to.

A massive thank you must go to Dana Eitzen and title-sponsor Canon South Africa. The growth of the event over the last few years is in large part owing to the financial support offered by Canon South Africa who also kit out our First Swing Program golfers and put together gift bags for all of the participants. We look forward to our partnership continuing to grow in the coming years.

The Branding supplied by ADDX too meant that the parties and brands associated with the event were made visible and were thus afforded the recognition they deserved
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Tournament Director Lily Reich was thrilled by the cosmopolitan nature of the event and hopes to see many of this year’s participants return to South Africa for future events.

“The golfers ultimately make the event what it is so thank you must go to all those who participated in the 21st edition of the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open. With entrants from Australia, England, France, Denmark and Ireland to name but a few, there was a truly international feel to this year’s event,” said Reich.

“To all participants, especially the first-timers, we hope to welcome you back for many years to come.”

Reich expressed her gratitude to all those involved in the event before declaring 2019 a resounding success.

“Being able to provide a platform for these players to showcase their talents and continue to defy their circumstances is what makes this event so special.

"It goes without saying that none of this would be possible without the support and dedication of the people and sponsors who band together in aid of disabled golf in South Africa.”

“We as an association are grateful to each and every one of you for your continued involvement in this event. This year’s edition was, without doubt, the most enjoyable and successful event in recent memory," Reich concluded.