One of South Africa’s top ten leg amputee golfers, Riaan Spreeth joins the diverse field of competitors in the 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open taking place in Cape Town from the 15th to the 17th of May 2017.
Spreeth, who hails from Simonstown, lost his leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident at the age of 29, 14 years ago. He started playing golf two years later and has made a name for himself as one of the best disabled golfers in the country. He has played in five Provincial Challenges, having been selected for the Western Province provincial team, and in 2014 won the Langebaan Country Estate Passion Award for his passion and commitment for disabled golf. This prestigious award is presented annually at the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open.
Spreeth has worked for the Metropolitan Police as a Superintendent for 24 years, and recently got engaged. He is looking forward to competing in his 11th Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open and is certain to give players in his category a run for their money.
Many talented local and international golfers have already confirmed their participation in the 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open. Amongst these are Bob MacDermott (Canada); Martin Williams (United Kingdom); Shaun Bakker (United Kingdom); George Mecs (France) and Cian Arthurs (United Kingdom).
South Africans have historically dominated the tournament, with Ben van Zyl winning the event from 1998 to 2003; Pieter Jansen in 2004; Nico Wentzel in 2008; Iglin Grobbelaar in 2009 and 2010; and Daniel Slabbert from 2011 to 2013, and again in 2015.
Organised annually by the South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA), the Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open has at its heart the goal to inspire and unite players, as well as acknowledge their achievements.
The tournament attracts the world’s top golfers with disabilities; most of whom boast handicaps of 18 or lower. Spreeth himself plays off an impressive 12 handicap.
Canon South Africa, which has been a proud sponsor of SADGA for many years, has proudly taken the reigns as the official sponsor of the South African Disabled Golf Open for 2017.