18 November 2018


Koster hosts the Small Dorpies Golf Challenge

by: Nthusang Lefafa   date:

Golf players from across Bokone Bophirima province descended on the Koster Country Club last weekend to take part in the newly launched Small Dorpies Golf Challenge.

The tournament is held in line with the Fifth Administration's five concretes aimed at growing the province's economy through Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT), developing the economies of Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD), improving delivery of services through Setsokotsane, Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal (RHR) and the Saamwerk-Saamtrek philosophy of working together.

The third leg of the Small Dorpies Golf Challenge saw over 80 golfers competing on the nine-hole golf course. Supporters and golf lovers spent their money in local businesses, boosting the Koster economy.

Tournament organizer, Keitumetse Ledwaba, said the golf tournament is aimed at stimulating economic development in rural areas and encouraging people to trade in small towns. "When we have a tournament of this nature, restaurants, hotels and informal traders benefit. The tourists and visitors' money is spent here," said Ledwaba. "We are ultimately looking at having a Bokone Bophirima Golf Challenge where top golfers will compete against each other," he said.

Ledwaba said a school's golf league would be established soon to expose rural young people to the sport. He said one worrying factor was that the standard of golf in local clubs was falling.

Director at the Department of Education and Sport Development, Titus Seboko, said the golf tournament is in line with the department's vision. "This tournament will unearth talent in rural areas and make people aware of golf, which is not so popular in black communities. It will bring exposure and encourage youths to play golf at a competitive level."

Winners received over 12 prizes worth R188 000 at a prize giving dinner. The prize hampers included golf bags, trolleys, duffel bags, golf clubs and pro golfers.

One of the participants, Rudy van Niekerk, said it was interesting to come out and play at the Koster Country Club as it was becoming a "white elephant". He also said the tournament brought a buzz to the usually quiet small town.

The golf tournament is collaboration between the provincial departments of Tourism, Education and Sport Development and the North West Development Corporation. So far the Small Dorpies Golf Challenge has played at the Zeerust Golf Course, Delareyville Golf Course, Koster Golf Course and will end at the Christiana Golf Course.

Caption 1: The Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government organized the Small Dorpies Golf Challenge as part of boosting the economies of small towns

Caption 2: Some of the players that took part in the Small Dorpies Golf Challenge