Young disabled golfers test their mettle at inter schools tournament

The fourth annual First Swing Program Inter Schools KwaZulu-Natal Festival took place at Mount Edgecombe Country Club on 3 September 2019, with young disabled golfers from Mason Lincoln, Open Air, and RP Moodley enthusiastically competing in the event.


The tournament was staged in a five-hole, modified golf environment which is utilized across all of FSP’s Inter Schools Festivals in Gauteng, the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. The environment comprises of a series of inflatables, with achievable challenges for the young players who produced some great scores.


The winner of this year’s First Swing Program Inter Schools KwaZulu-Natal Festival is Open Air School. Nearest the Pin went to Fikile Dlamini from RP Moodley School; the Longest Drive award winner was presented to Samukelo Ngcobo from Open Air School; Best Male Mfundo Blose from RP Moodley, and Best Female was Mary Ann Dlamini, also from RP Moodley.


The South African Disabled Golf Association’s Academy Squad, which included Ignation Douries, Raylen De Wee and Simo Mdudu, did a tremendous job of setting up, planning and running the golf day with the FSP KZN Coach, Sandile Msimango. FSP extended its thanks to SADGA ambassador Emil Maehler and KZN Provincial Coordinator, Shelvin Kraemer.


“What a privilege it was to watch the young disabled golfers in action at the First Swing Inter Schools Golf Festival at Mount Edgecombe Country Club. The joy on their faces is all the reward we need. We are proud to be part of this amazing initiative,” says Dana Eitzen, Corporate and Marketing Communications Executive at Canon SA.


The First Swing Program offers a platform which exposes children with disabilities to the game of golf. The primary focus of the program is on rehabilitation and psychological development of disabled children. The program is operational in 35 schools across the country, with some 750 children benefitting every week.


Canon SA has been closely involved with the SADGA since 2001. Since then, the company’s involvement has continued to grow and blossom, with its support focusing specifically on the First Swing initiative. Canon SA helped sponsor the inaugural First Swing Gauteng Inter Schools golf tournament in 2016.


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For more information about SADGA and the First Swing Program contact Lily Reich