When he was only 14 years old, Reinard’s right arm was amputated above the elbow. Yet, this determined young man didn’t let this get in his way. Completing his grade 12 in 2010, as well as getting his driver’s license, Reinard knew that his passionate love for the game of golf would be his first career choice.
Starting to show his true golf colours in 2007; hard work, dedication and self-belief over the next 7 years enabled Reinard to compete in his 8th SA Open Golf Tournament for Disabled players, where he achieved:
- 1st Place- Arm amputees
- 3rd Place Overall in Stroke play 0-18 Handicap
Reinard wants to become a “Pro” Golf Player. His dream is to play the best golf to his ability and compete on international level, for the disabled as well in the able body categories. On his way to achieving these dreams, he celebrated the following achievements in 2014:
- Awarded Protea Colours for Disabled Golf at the Prize giving ceremony of the SA Open Championship
- Part of the 3 man team that took part in the “World Cup for Disabled golf players” held at Zebula CC a week after the SA Open Championship – South Africa came second overall - 7 Countries represented
- July 2014 – Took part in his second “One arm World Championship “ held at Seaford CC – Sussex , England and was crowned “ One Arm World Champion “ after winning in the final round Matchplay on the 19th hole.
- Qualified during the One Arm World Championships for the “Fightmasters” – Fightmasters is the “Ryder Cup” for the One armed Golfers
- Was invited to play in the Nedbank Golf Challenge – Pro Am to be held at Sun City during the first week of December 2014
Young Ignation Douries first came to the FSP when he was boarding at EROS school in Cape Town about 5 years ago. In 2010 he returned to his home town, Citrusdal, and continued practicing his golf. Ignation regularly plays in the Boland Foundation tournaments against able bodied children and has done extremely well.
In 2014 we assisted him to get him into the Western Cape Sports School concentrating on golf – he currently plays off a 14 handicap.
He now plays regularly in the SADGA Provincial Days as well as the Boland Golf Unions’ Junior tournaments for able bodied juniors.
Ignation has attended the past 5 FSP Camps and in May 2014, he competed in the Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open at Zebula Country Club in the Limpopo region.
Media Release 2013 - Delight for disabled golfer Douries
It's been a memorable year for Ignation Douries, a 15-year-old golfer from Citrusdal Golf Club. In May he played in the Nedbank South African Disabled Golf Open for the first time. They saw him take his first flight in an aeroplane to get to the event. And now he's received his first fitted set of golf clubs.
The 16-handicapper was the recipient of a grant by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) to the South African Disabled Golf Association's (SADGA) First Swing Program.
The program is SADGA's official coaching program for disabled junior golfers. Since he joined the program several years ago, Douries has been playing with a set of second-hand ladies clubs.
But with the grant he was fitted with a new set of clubs at the Pro Shop at N1 City in Cape Town.
"The juniors in our programme show such a passion for the game and they are so eager to learn, and grants such as this one enable us to really keep fuelling their desire and progress in disabled golf," said Eugene Vorster, the CEO of South African Disabled Golf Association.
Charles Williams is one of SADGA’s promising young Juniors who plays golf in the Deaf division of the SA Disabled Golf Associations tournaments. He joined the program 5 years ago and has improved substantially to be the top Junior in the SADGA Deaf program.
Charles is a great ambassador for SADGA and SA Deaf Golf and he is especially considerate and kind to his fellow golfers. His golfing etiquette is outstanding. Charles also acts as an interpreter at SADGA functions.
- Provincial Championships for 2014
- Aug 2014 – 2nd
- In Oct and Nov this year, Charles came 1st in the Deaf division
- National Championships
- SA Disabled Golf Opens in his division – Deaf Stabelford
- SA Disabled Golf Open 2010 – 3rd
- SA Disabled Golf Open 2011 – 3rd ,
- SA Deaf Open 2012 – 1st
- SA Disabled Golf Open 2013 – 2nd
- SA Deaf Junior Tournament 2014 – Winner and also the Sportsmanship trophy
Charles is currently studying Jewellery Design at De La Bat College. SADGA have appointed him as an assistant coach to Kulk Martinus in the Boland area.
Raylen De Wee
We discovered Raylen 2 years ago when he joined ASTRA school – one of the schools where SADGA has been coaching golf. Showing great progress, he attended the SA Disabled Golf Open 2014, as well as playing regularly in the Provincial Days. Raylen will be attending his first FSP camp this year in December 2014.
Click here to see the video his fellow students made him after his trip to the Open… https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=899124956779736&set=vb.194483977243841&type=2&theater
Winner 2016 SA Disabled Golf Open