This week, Cape Town performs host to the SA Blind Open after which the 2023 International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) World Championships.
48 of one of the best blind golfers from 14 international locations will brace the Cape winds in a 36-hole match set from 30-31 March at Milnerton Golf Club.
It’ll be the primary time the World Championships might be staged on African soil.
The final championship was hosted in Rome in 2018 and SA will host the primary World Championships post-Covid disruption. Milnerton Golf Club might be open to the general public totally free.
SA Blind Open and IBGA World Championship match director Jurie Mare underlined the check that Milnerton Golf Club will present for the world’s greatest.
“For everyone at the SA Blind Golf Association, it is a great honour to stage the IBGA World Championship at Milnerton Golf Club as South Africa will become the first African nation to host this prestigious tournament,” mentioned Mare in an announcement.
“We are thrilled to welcome such a cosmopolitan field to our shores and have no doubt that Milnerton Golf Club will be a stern test for the assembled competitors, particularly if the wind blows.”
Each participant has a sighted information who describes the opening, helps with membership choice after which ensures that the membership head is immediately behind the ball. From then on, it is all the way down to the golfers’ swing.
The South African Blind Open shaped the opening act for the World Championships, the place South Africa’s Charlene Pienaar had a three-shot in a single day lead and stamped her authority within the girls division to win in Milnerton.
Pienaar stormed to victory within the girls division, capturing rounds of 104 and 100 en path to a mammoth 24-stroke victory over Austria’s Karin Becker.
“It was a big relief, there’s always a bit of nerves (playing with the lead) but you need to stay positive and have faith as well and it helped especially to have the motivation of my coach Rachel,” mentioned Pienaar.
Pienaar hopes to encourage with the win and illustrate that anybody with a incapacity can obtain something they set their thoughts to.
“I’d like to assist various people, not only those who’re blind but anyone with a disability. I want to show them that with faith and perseverance, you can conquer anything,” mentioned Pienaar.
“You need to experience life and make it a journey. There are so many things that you can do in life, no matter. Every day is constant learning on and off the golf course.
“I wish to present that with persistence, and perseverance you may conquer something, you simply must exit and expertise life and develop each day.
“Everyone is a winner at the end of the day.”
Pienaar grew to become South Africa’s first feminine disabled world champion as she challenged for a primary world-title within the B3 Division within the worldwide match on the identical venue.
“I would like to participate internationally… To compete in the World Champs is phenomenal experience, especially with the wind. No day is the same as previous. Should be a good challenge.”