Mason Lincoln Special School, 23 November 2023: The South African Disabled Golf Association opened a modified golf environment at Mason Lincoln Special School in Kwa-Zulu Natal, much to the excitement of the assembled pupils and staff members.
For the pupils of Mason Lincoln, the benefits associated with the installation of the environment is two-fold: They’ll be able to not only deepen their love for the game but hone their skills. The attendance of SADGA Ambassadors Emil Maehler and David Watts also contributed to what was a memorable day, both engaging with the children and illustrating what’s possible with continued hard work on their skills.
SADGA Business Development & Sponsorship Manager Watts gave a stirring address at the opening, remarking that with enough hard work and commitment the pupils could follow in his footsteps by competing in golf for the disabled events on the international stage.
“I’m delighted to address all of you today and wish you many happy hours using this fantastic facility,” said Watts.
“I can’t wait to see what’s in store for your golfing futures but if there’s one thing I want you to take away from today it is this: There’s absolutely nothing you can’t achieve in golf if you put in enough effort and have the right attitude.
“Golf For The Disabled is growing at a rapid rate all around the world and there are now many opportunities for players like you and I to compete internationally against one another. There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t play overseas one day, you just have to believe in yourself and your abilities.”
Such a high-quality facility wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Nomads KZN, Jedeal Construction & Projects and the KwaZulu Natal Golf Union who pulled together in their shared commitment to brighten the futures of the kids of the First Swing Program.
Mason Lincoln Principal HB Morolong extended her thanks to all involved for bringing the vision of the environment to fruition.
“One need only listen to the songs sung by our pupils today to understand the gratitude and appreciation they feel for having access to this wonderful environment,” said Morolong.
“I know I speak for the staff and pupils of Mason Lincoln when I say that this environment is the product of a collective passion for positively impacting the lives of persons with a disability and being able to use this environment will brighten the school days of all our pupils.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to SADGA, KZN Nomads, Jedeal Construction and Projects and the Kwa-Zulu Natal Golf Union for bringing your beautiful vision to life.”