Fund-raiser a big boost for golf club’s development

From left are Charles Davids, Richard Smith, Andre van Zyl, Jehad Kasu and Donovan Williams

The Inaugural Mitchell’s Plain Golf Club (MPGC) celebrity golf day tee’d off at Erinvale Golf and Country Estate in Somerset West on Sunday.

Despite the ominous-looking weather, a full field of 99 out of 100 golfers pitched up on the day, including cricketing legends JP Duminy, Vernon Philander and Herschelle Gibbs, who arrived with an injury to his hand which resulted in him not being able to play.

In the end, the weather held up nicely and presented golfers with near perfect playing conditions.

“The purpose of this event was to raise funds to support the club’s development work,” said MPGC co-chairman Jehad Kasu

Established in 2019, the Lentegeur-based club has grown from fewer than 10 members three years ago, to nearly 50 members today.

Kasu said all funds raised at the event would go towards helping the club to function sustainably and provide a beneficial youth golf development programme in the area.

“We are excited to have had the selfless support of sports heroes whom we grew up idolising, helping our kids understand that they too can achieve big goals through hard work and perseverance,” said Kasu.

“We are not funded by the lotteries fund or any other government agency, and this is our first real fundraising effort.”

The funds are necessary to pay for transport, tuition, equipment, tournament fees, technical apparel and various consumables throughout the year.

“Everyone who took part in the event pledged their ongoing, enthusiastic support of this initiative,” he said.