UniMedia in association with Sun International launches its much-awaited Sun PinkStig Series. The Series kicks off with its first tournament at Parkview Golf Club from the 17th – 18th October and at Sun City from the 4th – 6th December 2017.
The club celebrated its centenary, which included the unveiling of a statue to the club’s most illustrious member, Bobby Locke. Arthur D’Arcy “Bobby” Locke (20 November 1917 – 9 March 1987) was a South African professional golfer. He won four Open Championships, nine South African Opens, seven South African PGA Championships and 15 PGA Tour events.
The man recognised as the original architect of Parkview golf course, Lawrie Waters had come to South Africa from Scotland in the 1890s for health reasons, at the time that golf was gaining popularity in a society enjoying a quality of life enhanced by the burgeoning Reef goldfields.
In his career he was known for being a Greenkeeper, Club maker, Teacher, Club Professional Pretoria, Royal Johannesburg, Heronmere, thereafter at the Royal Salisbury & Chapman (Rhodesia), Constructed 1st grass tee used in Transvaal, Designed golf courses in Belgian Congo, Nyasaland, Northern & Southern Rhodesia, and South Africa including Durban CC, ‘West course’ Royal Johannesburg & Kensington G.C. & Potchefstroom GC.
Tournament record, S.A. Open 1903, 04, 07, 20, S.A. Open 2nd 1908, 1912 and Transvaal Open.
The course remained unchanged until 1930, when the Transvaal Exploration Company (TEC) then expropriated the land used for the original two opening holes and the two closing holes. In return it provided the land where the current 12th to 15th holes are situated.
Parkview’s members banded together and bought the club from TEC and, in 1930, a new clubhouse was constructed. The members, however, were quickly unhappy with the facility and, within a year, the first renovation project was begun. More changes were made several times over the past 75 years, ending with the refurbished venue of 2006.
Parkview’s proud history emanates not least from the eminence of some of its members. Among them was Bobby Locke, who joined the club in 1936 after winning both the SA Amateur and the SA Open at Parkview in 1935. Parkview became his adopted home, and he played at the club until his passing. The Memorial Bridge at the 13th hole keeps the memory of South Africa’s old maestro alive, and members and leading amateurs play an annual Bobby Locke Festival of Golf in his honour.
It is an honour for the Sun PinkStig Series to be a part of the such a rich historic heritage; whilst creating history in the women’s professional golf realm themselves.
The Sun PinkStig Series is an exciting initiative in women’s professional golf, that will showcase some of South Africa’s most aspiring Woman Professional Golfers providing them with a platform to compete more. These events are part of celebrating this historical shift and injecting a fresh impetus to propel the game and its players to new heights.