Two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen has been an ardent supporter of the SADGA for nearly two decades having become a patron in 2002. “The Goose” embodies many of the qualities that we try to instill in our members. Chief among them is his humility despite the abundant success he has enjoyed throughout his career.
His work ethic and longevity too are to be commended and it brings the SADGA great joy to see Retief adding to his impressive resume with his first Senior Major Championship title at the 2019 Senior Players Championship.
Retief is passionate about positively impacting disabled golf in South Africa - mostly through his wine label Goose Wines and he is a keen social media follower of ours. All of us feel privileged to count a player of Retief’s stature in the game among our patrons.
One of the great golf personalities not just in South Africa but in the world, Dale Hayes has been a patron of the SADGA since 2015 though his support of disabled golf dates back far longer than that.
Dale is truly one of a kind. His excellent humour and wit has been a major drawcard of many SADGA events. His humour is only surpassed by his generosity and kind-hearted nature. For a number of years Dale’s course - Zwartkop Country Club - has been the home of disabled golf in Gauteng, offering SADGA members fantastic rates and allowing them to be part of a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Dale has always encouraged our members to play the game in the right way and for the right reasons. He encourages everyone to play for the love of the game and to forge the lifelong friendships that are unique to the game of golf.
Like Dale, Branden Grace has been a patron of the SADGA since 2015. During a Canon Pro Series event at Centurion, Branden was drawn to the association because of the enthusiasm and determination with which the First Program golfers played the game.
Our members have learnt a few important lessons from Branden’s approach to the game. Of late it has been that although one will endure highs and lows in this game - with the right attitude and enough hard work one is able to navigate tough periods and ultimately find success once again.
One of the brightest prospects in the game, Garrick Higgo was named as patron of the First Swing Program in 2020. Garrick has captured the imagination of our younger members with his fantastic all-round game and unflappable demeanour which has led to success in South Africa, Europe and the United States.
It was Dale Hayes who once said “The only thing worse than a sore loser is a gloating winner”. The humble - almost muted celebrations - which have characterised Garrick’s victories thus far perfectly illustrate how we’d like our FSP golfers to conduct themselves. Furthermore, we hope that our golfers will also develop a similar insatiable desire for self-improvement both as a golfer and more importantly as a person.
Emil Maehler is a disabled golfer who was diagnosed at birth with Spastic Cerebral Palsy and although physically disabled, he can walk and has the use of his right side. His adversities, however, have made him more determined and he works hard to achieve his goals both on and off the golf course. Emil is a very sociable young man known for his wonderful smile.
Full Time Staff
|Sandile Msmimango||KwaZulu Natal|
|Thembaleni Mweli||KwaZulu Natal (Assistance Coach)|
|Sifiso Mdwebu||KwaZulu Natal (Assistance Coach)|
|Graham Whale||Port Elizabeth|
|Tyler Watts||Port Elizabeth|
|Curtley Roberts||Gauteng North & Central Gauteng|
|Prince Modiba||Central Gauteng|
|Carlo Kok||Southern Cape|
|Ben Thorne||Western Province|
|Charles Williams||Western Province|
|Simu Mdudu||Western Province|