THE 2015 Men’s and Ladies Telkom SuperSport Shootout, held at the beautiful Zimbali Coastal Resort in Kwazulu-Natal last month was a wonderful success with top businesswomen and sportswomen joining forces to make a contribution to charity.
The Zimbali Resort Course, a Tom Weiskopf design located north of Durban amid magnificent coastal forest and just a wedge away from the beach, rewards accuracy over length and to play it is a memorable experience for golfers of all abilities.
The men’s winner, Kevin Ullyett, who shot a gross 70 on the final day, won the overall and betterball competition with partner James du Preez while Team Telkom edged out Team SuperSport to win the inaugural “Ryder Cup”. The Ryder Cup format was a huge success and after day 1 team SuperSport were way ahead of Team Telkom but Sunday and the very last match won the title for team Telkom.
Personalities who participated were Neil Tovey, the new Technical Director of South African Football, Chester Williams and Breyton Paulse – long time entrants, Selwyn Nathan CEO of the Sunshine Tour and Danie Visser, a former tennis star.
The 2015 Women’s Telkom SuperSport Shootout Individual Stableford was won by Terry Holloway, a 13 handicap golfer who is a member of Durban Country Club, on 41 points. Colleen Francis, from Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg was second with 40 points. Terry was also part of the winning Fourball Alliance team alongside Lynn Jones (Kyalami Country Club), Connie Mashaba (River Club Johannesburg) and Lebo Mogotsi (River Club Johannesburg).
They won with an impressive score of 92 points which was 13 points clear of the second placed fourball of Michelle Williams, Ros Vilbro, Greer Leo-Smith (former Wimbledon mixed doubles winner) and Margie-May Rigby.
More importantly, the event saw generous men and women digging deep into their pockets to help those less privileged than themselves. That’s what the Telkom SuperSport Shootout is all about. It’s about giving, with a little bit of golf thrown in. It’s proudly South African.
The three beneficiaries this year were the Gozololo Centre for Needy Children, LIV Village and the Jacob G Zuma RDP Education Trust.
Gozololo, which means “stay for a while” was established in 1997 by Durban businessman Terry Rosenberg, who is also chairman of the Telkom SuperSport Shootout, and Miriam Cele. Funds raised from the event help provide for the clothing, food and education of these children – their needs are immense – in the KwaMashu community of KZN.
LIV Village, which is a sustainable working farm with an entrepreneurial programme, was started by Tich Smith, the former SA cricketer and Natal rugby player and his wife Joan, a provincial golfer in her time. It provides holistic residential care for orphaned and vulnerable children. Their credo is Rescue a Child, Restore a Life, Raise a Leader and Release a Star.
And the Jacob G Zuma RDP Education Trust has influenced the lives of over 20 000 young people in its almost 20 years of existence by providing bursaries to students and learners to enable them to access opportunities for education which might otherwise not have been available due to a lack of private funding.
In excess of R2 million was raised this year through various endeavours including a gala dinner auction. This brings the total raised over the years in both the men’s and women’s events to over R23-million to date.