Excitement is building as South Africa’s top amateur talents gear up for the annual South African Swing, which tees off in February, and leading the way is the country’s top ranked golfer, Caitlyn Macnab.
From 14-19 February, Macnab will again hope to go the distance at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
GolfRSA Elite Squad member Macnab celebrated her 18th birthday with a two-stroke victory in the 54-hole SA Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship, and the Serengeti golfer continued her winning march to sealthe elusive double with a 4&3 win in the 36-hole match play final against GolfRSA B-Squad member Kyra van Kan.
“It is disappointing that, due to the circumstances surrounding the worldwide pandemic and the restrictions imposed by countries abroad on travel to South Africa, we have lost some international participation this year.” – GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn
“However, this opens up the opportunity for more of our local players to qualify for, and compete in, our flagship events. The invaluable experience they will gain from competing against the cream of amateur golf in South Africa will benefit their careers in the long run.”
Hepburn is confident that GolfRSA has the measures in place to run the events safely. “While the COVID-19 pandemic caused a lot of disruption to the sporting calendar in 2020, golf resumed successfully worldwide last year.
“Tournaments throughout the world continue to take place, while competitive amateur golf, on a club, provincial and national level in South Africa, resumed in October.
“Golf lends itself naturally to compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions and avoiding the three C’s: crowds, close contact environments, and confined and enclosed spaces.
“The nature of the sport and strict adherence to the comprehensive GolfRSA Risk Mitigation Strategies and Protocols, together with the use of the HealthDocs application and our Tournament Risk Mitigation Plans, ensures a safe environment for participants.” – Hepburn speaks on the health protocols put in place to ensure the safety of all golfers during the tournament.
“Our Risk Mitigation Strategies are focussed on promoting diligence around non-pharmaceutical interventions, including maintaining a safe social distance, the wearing of masks and sanitising, and we have shown in the last seven months that the sport can be played safely.
“We look forward to a summer of golf of the highest standard, crowning new champions and shining a spotlight on the rising talents of the vast South African amateur pool.”
Photo 1 Caption: South African No 1 ranked Caitlyn Macnab will lead the challenge in GolfRSA’s 2021 South African Swing. Photo: GolfRSA
With editing by gsport