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South African Blind Golf Association (SABGA)
ISPS Handa SA Open - 2020
Glendower Golf Club, Gauging, SA
8 - 9 December 2020
The 2020 ISPS Handa SA Blind Golf Open
The COVID-19 pandemic has played havoc with many aspects of our lives this year, not least of which was our golf. The ISPS Handa SA Open event was only the second IBGA-sponsored Open event this year, following the ISPS Handa Australian Open which took place just before lockdown early in the year.
Although we had to postpone the SA Open and World Championships scheduled to have taken place in the Cape this year, we were fortunate that we were able to successfully hold the SA Open at the fantastic Glendower Golf Club, in early December, which also played host to our Open in 2019.
Although not large, the field was very strong. In addition to the 5 South Africans who have Protea Colours, Garrett Slattery (defending gross champion), Ernst Conradie, Morne Els, Leon Strydom and Johan Kotze, we had Charlene Pienaar (our top ranked lady golfer) as well as overseas players in the form of Owen (from England) and teenager Luke Lin (guided by his younger brother, Paul, from the USA).
The SA Blind Golf Association would like to express our sincere thanks to all of those people and organisations who provided financial and other support which made this event possible.
Thanks too to the fantastic team from Glendower, from management, the pro shop, catering, waiters and caddies. We were made to feel extremely welcome throughout the event.
Thanks too to the players and guides who travelled to SA in these difficult times to join us at this year's event.
Last, but by no means least, the players would like to thank the dedicated group of guides and caddies who helped us navigate our way around the course. Special mentions must go to the two teenage guides, Paul Line (who guided Luke) and Arend Muller (who guided Leon Strydom). It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm of youth, which bodes well for the future of the sport.
Garrett Slattery (Finance)
International Blind Golf Association