The CHIEF and the TRUST

The Chief’s Charity Golf day started with perfect Summer skies and perfect green fairways at Zwartkop Golf Course and Services Golf Course. With the event taking place at 2 golf courses, this meant it could be a logistical nightmare. However, with the 1Mark app, it eased the flow at registration as it offers everything you need for a golf day, from invites, to registration and of course the main offering, online scoring.

The registration desk being handled by the very capable team of Lethu of SANDF and her crew, the entrants also had great fun taking selfies with Tijana whilst ensuring they could download the app. www.1markscoring.co.za

With 112 players to play on each course, the atmosphere was electric as it always is, when what you are playing for represents a meaningful initiative such as the Chief’s Education Trust. This Trust has been growing in momentum since 2013 and can only soar as the beneficiaries are the children of men and women who have died in serving our country, South Africa.

This is serving at the highest level and as citizens we must do the right thing…. engage, contribute and reach out to these innocent victims, who many of have become orphans.  I have first-hand experienced General Shoke’s passion and pleasure in what he initiated 4 years ago. When we briefly interviewed him on the putting greens before teeing off, he reiterated that education is a right and we need to ensure these kids are at school. The presence of corporate South Africa across the greens in branding and flags gently blowing in the breeze further substantiated the Chief’s insight.

Tee off time as I have previously experienced at a SANDF Golf Day is taken literally with a shot gun start as the cannon is triggered and a noise screeching into the sky, with glasses quivering on the table, smoke hissing amidst the trees, signifying the GAME has begun!

The Chief tees off and the rest of the field busily go about their 18 holes in anticipation of prize giving and what they will contend for.

At Halfway House we managed to interview a few players to understand their take on supporting the Education Trust. The sentiment expressed was of gratitude and absolute agreement that we need to do more in educating our youth as they are indeed our future leaders. The fact that they were guests to the General at this event was an honour as a few of them have been loyal supports since inception of the Trust.

SERVICES GOLF CLUB FINAL RESULTS
Name Total
1 Xolo / Sipamla 52
2 Ratsela / Serobe 49
3 L Mngaone / Eskie Shoke 48
4 Thumi Magasa / A Mlangeni 48
5 Jamnda / Mangena 47
6 Ntshanga / Maphike 47
7 Khoza / Mlambo 46
8 Chief Bengani / Q Mebhoza 45
9 Sindane-Bloem / Coetzee 45
10 Bok /  Roos 45
11 Simelane / Masinga 44
12 Africa / India 44
13 Masinga / Rikhotso 43
14 Ledwaba / Raman 43
15 Verwey /Nkabinde 43
16 mahlaba, mogale 43
17 Xolo, Kubu 42
18 Moeti (SAAB), Ferreira (SAAB) 41

The Prize-giving reflected these sentiments as R1.4 million was raised in auction and pledges.

ZWARTKOP GOLF CLUB FINAL RESULTS
Name Total
1 Cecil Snyders / Rudi Ludike 52
2 Thembe Msana / Vusi Sibaca 48
3 Gen Bhembi / V Tsabalala 47
4 Piet Pretorius / H van Biljon 45
5 Zake Nakgidi / Jack Mphafudi 45
6 Johan Smith / Gavin Leask 45
7 KP Lebelo / D Williams 44
8 Tghusi / Letsebe 44
9 Thinus van Aarde / Basie van Vuuren 43
10 Vusi Jennings / Zweli Ndziba 43
11 S Pheto / Adm Mphati 43
12 Mark Minnies / G Jansen van Vuuren 43
13 V Kekane / Partner 43
14 F Khan / B Mesele 43
15 Peterson / Rasool 43
16 Sibango / Mogashoa 42
17 Qhena / Shoke 41
18 Malinga / Moonsamy 41

NEAREST TO THE PIN SERVICES GC

Hole No 6:  Smash Sipamla

Hole No 8: Nico Xolo

Hole No11: Moe Shaik

Jole No 15: Makhula Ledwaba

NEAREST TO THE PIN ZWARTKOP GC

Hole No 3: Nofoane

Hole No 7: Rudi Ludick

Hole No15: Hugh Peterssen

Hole No17: Sobantu Sibandze

The Chief concluded the event by thanking all the sponsors and participants ‘…. this is a symbolic testimony of UBUNTU” General Shoke.

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