The SADGA’s First Swing Program is off to a very successful start in 2021 with coaching sessions underway in many different parts of the country.
Mary Kihn pupil Uzu Kroti has been receiving coaching from Alan Michel at Clovelly Country Club while Simo Mdudu has been assisting with some of Kroti’s on course practice. Mdudu has been teaching Sinako Mboniswa the fundamentals of the golf swing and their work to date has been very encouraging.
“Sinako now hits her driver very straight and into the wind she manages to hit the ball 130 metres which is impressive after only four coaching sessions,” says Mdudu.
Mdudu praised Mboniswa’s work ethic and her desire to play the game.
“Sinako is playing well and working hard. She wants to play golf and sees it as an opportunity.”
Mdudu continues to work with leg-amputee Anda Mthulu. Anda continues to show signs of improvement and recently received his own set of left-handed clubs which will help him continue to make steady progress in the game.
Pierre Kotze meanwhile has received private coaching from Pearl Valley PGA Professional James Wade working predominantly on the golf swing. While there is still room for improvement, Pierre has already made significant strides in his development.
In Northern Gauteng, PGA student Curtley Roberts has overseen the successful resumption of coaching at St Vincent School for The Deaf which is no doubt a welcome distraction for the children amid the rigours and stress of their academic programmes.
In Port Elizabeth meanwhile, the coaches at Graeme Whale Golf have been giving lessons to the pupils at Reubin Birin while the Elite players have also been practicing and playing at Port Elizabeth Golf Club. Deaf golfers Ayakha Mdali and Usher Manel also participated in the February Port Elizabeth Provincial Day.
Finally, PGA student Sandile Msimango has been coaching the FSP Elite players in the Kwazulu-Natal region. Like their Port Elizabeth counterparts, they’ve gained valuable on-course experience through the monthly Provincial Days.
SADGA Executive Director Craig Moorgas commended the application shown by the coaches and pupils alike.
“Covid-19 safety regulations forced a rethink of the way we conduct our coaching sessions but both our coaches and players should be commended for the dedication they’ve shown thus far in 2021 and it’s fantastic to see their hard work beginning to pay dividends,” said Moorgas.
“We have some exciting things in the First Swing Program pipeline and we are invigorated by the challenge of delivering high quality coaching in spite of the ongoing struggles within our society at present.”
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