Earlier this month, the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Trainer Mr Collin Iddon informed the municipality through correspondence that three (3) Young Golfers under the Mayor’s Golf Academy Program have been awarded membership at the Margate Country Club and have recently played at the Kwa Zulu-Natal Junior Tournament.
 
It took only six (6) months for the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s Golf Academy to produce positive results following an agreement which was entered into between the Margate Country Club and the municipality on 04 November 2016, which its main purpose is to promote young people to be aspiring golf professionals. Furthermore, the agreement between the two institutions was to ensure the promotion of the game of golf amongst young boys and girls from a historically disadvantaged background, as well as to assist them with coaching and equipment.
 
According the PGA Trainer, the young golfers who were awarded membership were Siphelele Luthuli, Akhona Khuzwayo and Siyamthanda Mvuguse. The criteria to select these players out of the 18 young players in the academy was the fact that the said players represented the academy very well with outstanding positive behaviour and discipline. The other factor was the pace of learning the game and their playing skills were proven to be consistent and excellent in all encounters.
 
To gain membership of Margate Country Club there are certain fees which a member must pay including affiliation fees, tournament fees, catering and transport. It is in this light that the municipality sought the assistance of sponsors and donors to supplement the R250 000 that the municipality injected into this project.
 
Hence, the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality would like to thank the Margate Country Club’s cooperation and creation of a conducive environment for the young golfers to learn and also the Nomusa Mqwebu Educational SMME and Educational Development Trust for sponsorship with affiliation fees towards the three (3) young golfers to play at amateur level at the Margate Country Club. In addition the municipality wishes to extend a word of appreciation to all sponsors who have contributed so far to make the dream of having a viable golf academy.