2 September 2018 – GolfRSA scooped two awards at the prestigious gsport SA Women’s Sports Awards during a glittering extravaganza held at The Wanderers Club on Friday, 31 August 2018.
This year marked the 13th edition of the country’s longest running women’s sport awards, honouring South Africa’s top athletes and those who make valuable contributions to raise the profile of women’s sport in South Africa.
GolfRSA, a finalist in the Federation of the Year category and media liaison Lali Stander, a finalist in the new Women in PR and Sponsorship category, were both honoured for outstanding services to women’s golf in 2017/2018
GolfRSA was nominated alongside Athletics SA, Tennis SA, Cricket SA, Wheelchair Tennis SA and the South African Football Association, among others. South African Golf Association Vice-President Naadir Agherdien accepted the award on behalf of GolfRSA.
“I would like to thank gsport, the Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa and the Department of Sport and Recreation for acknowledging the giant strides we have made in raising the profile of women’s golf in South Africa,” GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn said.
“Winning the Federation of the Year Award is a nod to the many people and organisations within our golfing landscape.
“It acknowledges every golf club and golf union, every coach and academy, all the golf institutions, the Nomads and our other sponsors. It says well done to every organisation and every volunteer who helps GolfRSA and Womens Golf South Africa to develop and nurture the vast golfing talent of this country.
“We are extremely proud of Lali. Winning this award is an affirmation to her passion and the energy she brings to uplift the profile of GolfRSA and to promote our golfers.
“Our strength is in our unity and our dedication to making this game bigger and better. This is not just a victory for GolfRSA and Lali, but a victory for the entire golf industry, in particular for all the girl and women golfers in the country.”
Womens Golf South Africa President, Sally Greasley said it is a wonderful honour for women’s amateur golf to be recognised.
“This award pays tribute to all the people who, over many years, have remained enthused, dedicated and committed to growing the participation of girls and women in the wonderful game of golf,” Greasley said.
“The strides we have made is evidenced by the fact that all the girls on the South African Junior Rankings have come through our countrywide junior development programmes. Many of our juniors have risen in the Open Amateur Rankings, represented South Africa internationally and secured golf scholarships here at home and abroad.
“This award will no doubt be an inspiring catalyst to continue the good work and raise the profile of women’s amateur golf and we hope to inspire more girls and women take up the sport, be it socially, competitively or working in the industry.”
The gsport Awards is a partnership between the gsport Trust and Sport and Recreation South Africa, supported by the following sponsors and partners:
M-Sports Marketing, TSO Productions, Vision View, Gauteng Sport, Sasol, SABC Foundation, Estee Lauder, Big Five Duty Free, WorldWide Sports, Nyapotse Inc, SAB&T Nexia and Red Bull.
View the full list of recipients of the 2018 gsport Awards at https://gsport.co.za/gsport-awards/