Caxias do Sul, 10 May 2022: While many of our golfers were vying for titles at the Irene Disabled Open and Metropolitan Disabled Open respectively, Jay-Jay Botha, Cedric Touzard and Charles Williams were flying the South African flag at the 2021 Deaflympics in Brazil.
The tournament – played at Golf Club Caxias do Sul – featured 36 holes of Strokeplay before the top-16 players progressed to the Matchplay portion.
Botha fared the best of our trio on day one after carding a round of 78 while Touzard shot 81 and Williams 85.
Williams improved on his first-round effort and carded a second-round 82. Touzard meanwhile returned a final-round 83 and Botha 82.
All three players progressed to the matchplay portion which is a testament to what great players are.
Unfortunately all three were unable to win their round-of-16 matches and have been eliminated from the tournament.
SADGA Chairman Enver Hassen commended the players for their play, saying that they did both the SADGA and South Africa proud.
“Not many people have the privilege of calling themselves a Deaflympian. Not only can Cedric, Charles and Jay-Jay say that but also that they are among the best Deaf golfers in the world,” commented Hassen.
“You all did the SADGA immensely proud and flew the South African flag with distinction, making memories to last a lifetime in the process.
“We are all very very proud of your achievements and thrilled that you were able to live out your dreams.”