THE LIKES of unknown Thabiso Magwaza, a KwaZulu-Natal trainee greenkeeper, could feature in this years’ Nedbank Junior Challenge from 3-5 May 2021, and for the chance to join golf royalty at the next Nedbank Golf Challenge.
It tees off at one of the world’s top decorated legendary Gary Player Country Club golf course Sun City.
Magwaza (24) won this years’ Umhlali Country Club (UCC) men’s champs, for the third time, 2016 and 2020.
He’s member of the Ernie Els Foundation since 2017 and is currently studying green keeping.
Should Magwaza make a cut to the South Africa’s top junior golfers list, he will walk in the footsteps of Major winners, world number ones and Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup stars,
This tourney will feature the country’s elite junior amateur golfers and the rising stars of the South African Golf Development Board in a 54-hole competition offering both GolfRSA and World Amateur Golf Ranking points.
The field will be drawn from the top 50 on the GolfRSA National Under-19 rankings, the top 5 South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB) Elite Squad members and 14 leading development players from around the country.
Additional spots will be filled from an open entry process for this first edition of the Nedbank Junior Challenge.
“We are delighted to be able to partner with GolfRSA and Sun International in hosting what is a major tournament on the national amateur calendar and which will truly showcase the depth in junior golf talent we have in South Africa. And we’re particularly excited about being able to include the South African Golf Development Board in this tournament as we seek to keep supporting the development of golf throughout the country,” said Tobie Badenhorst, Head: Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing, Nedbank.
The 78-golfer field for the Nedbank Junior Challenge is focused on depth and inclusivity to incorporate a talented but also diverse field.
On behalf of Sun International, Ken Payet – the Operations Manager for Sport and Recreation at Sun City, and the Tournament Director of the Nedbank Golf Challenge – said they were looking forward to welcoming the best junior golf talent in South Africa to the fairways of the Gary Player Country Club.
“Junior golf is very close to our hearts. Every South African professional that’s competed in the Nedbank Golf Challenge had their start in South African junior golf and benefitted from the excellent programmes and tournaments run by GolfRSA. So we’re proud to be able to support this and, together with our longstanding partner Nedbank, to continue to play a role in the sustained excellence of South African golf.
“The Nedbank Junior Challenge is also a fitting event to tee off our popular Nedbank Golf Challenge Amateur Series for recreational amateur golfers, which will include a further three tournaments from May to October at Sun City and the Wild Coast Sun,” says Payet.
The overall winner will receive a replica of the famous Nedbank Golf Challenge trophy, as well as a behind-the-scenes experience at the next Nedbank Golf Challenge aimed at furthering the development of the game through the aspirational effect of attending “Africa’s Major”.
The winner will be invited to attend the next Nedbank Golf Challenge for an inside-the-ropes experience of this international event, highlighted by exclusive access to walk the golf course during the official Wednesday Pro-Am.
For Magwaza this will be a dream come true, if he gets the cut!
Image (Thabiso Magwaza- member of the Ernie Els Foundation- could feature at this years’ Nedbank Junior Challenge at Sun City from May 3 to 5).