21 April 2019


Small Dorpies Golf Challenge takes off

by: Kleintjie Kraai   date:

The first of a series of golf tournaments being held in small dorpies of Bokone Bophirma province was held on Saturday in Zeerust. The Small Dorpies Golf Challenge is meant to attract tourists to the province as part of the Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies initiative to boost the economies of the previously disadvantaged areas.

The tournament was won by Lucas Lebeko from Rustenburg Golf Club with 42 points, followed by Kingsley Dire from Sannieshof with 41 points.

Elrie Botha won the ladies' tournament with 39 points and the second position went to Lorraine Modise from Rustenburg with 32 points.

More than 30 golf players took part in the tough nine-hole golf course. By the end of the game, most of them appeared humbled.

"It was tough out there and only my experience of golfing over years carried me through. The hot weather and windy conditions made it difficult to control the ball," said winner Lebeko.

Other similar golf tournaments will soon be held in Koster, Christiana and Delareyville.

While still in its infancy, the Small Dorpies Golf Challenge has already attracted golf players from Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia. It will culminate in the finals featuring all winners at the Sun City's Gary Player's Golf course in February next year.

Tournament organiser, Keitumetse Ledwaba, expects the series to gain popularity and said the Koster leg of the tournament is already fully booked.

"Heading for Koster, we have been inundated with requests for spots and have had to make alternative arrangements to accommodate more players," said Ledwaba.

Spokesperson for Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government, Brian Setswambung, said central to the golf challenge was a determination to create opportunities that would change the economic landscape of the province, with a particular emphasis on small dorpies.

"This initiative will go a long way in attracting tourists, leading to tourism activities and unleashing small dorpies' business and investment opportunities," Setswambung said.


  1. IMG 0110 - Tournament organiser, Keitumetse Ledwaba, flanked by golf players Francinah Ferreira and Louise Viktor
  2. IMG 2124 - Veteran golfer, Joe Phiri (in shorts) and men's runner-up Kingsley Dire (far right) pose for a picture with Shadrack Molefe and James Lora
  3. IMG 2828 - Golf players Melandie Taljaard and Sunka van der Westhuizen.