October 2020 – The country’s juniors can look forward to taking to the lush fairways of Selborne Park Golf Estate in January when back-to-back Nomads National tournaments will launch the 2021 GolfRSA national schedule.
The Nomads Coastal National Order of Merit – a World Amateur Golf Ranking event – will kick off the season from 4-5 January, followed by the Nomads SA Under-15 Championship from 6-8 January, which will once again be open to boys and girls.
“Given the uncertainty about the duration and the restrictions imposed by the lockdown that began in March, GolfRSA took a decision to cancel all its national events. This included a number of our Nomads National events, so we are obviously very excited to get our juniors back to competitive golf in 2021,” said GolfRSA Manager Operations Eden Thompson.
“We are delighted that Selborne Park Golf Estate has graciously agreed to host both events during the peak holiday season. The venue is all-inclusive with the hotel and estate housing, which makes it the ideal destination for our young competitors travelling with parents or guardians.
“Being at one facility, we are confident that this will assist tournament and facility staff to ensure and uphold all the GolfRSA Covid-19 Risk Mitigation Strategies and the government’s health and safety regulations.
“Our national events play a huge role in the development of our juniors, as it provides them with a national platform to gain experience and to learn to compete at a higher level. We are enormously appreciative of the continued support for junior golf from the Nomads Club of South Africa.
“Despite the current economic climate, Nomads continue to endorse and sponsor our national events and we are extremely grateful for this show of support.”
Selborne Park Golf Club, set in a beautiful natural forest environment, is close to the scenic town of Pennington on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.
The 18-hole championship course is laid out within the 200-acre estate in two returning loops.
The generous fairways reward accuracy, but the juniors will be tested by the myriad of water features and hazards, either off the tee or around the greens. Only three holes – the 1st, 12th and 13th – don’t feature ponds or streams.
Ryan Johnson, Golf Director of Selborne Park Golf Club, said the estate is equally excited to welcome GolfRSA in the New Year.
“We are delighted to host the junior golfers and their families at Selborne,” he said. “Our estate features a 4-star hotel and spa, stunning villas, a private beach with a beach club and swimming pools, plus our fully equipped clubhouse. All our facilities are geared to safely host these events.
“Selborne Park Golf Club has hosted many top golf tournaments on the Sunshine Tour and we had a highly successful SA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship last year. We are confident that the juniors will enjoy the challenges and rewards this course has to offer.
“In compliance with the Covid-19 regulations, there will be no spectators allowed, but we have great facilities to ensure that the parents can keep themselves entertained while the youngsters battle it out on the course.”
The Nomads Coastal National Order of Merit and Nomads SA Under-15 Championship will be the first two counting events for the GolfRSA Junior Rankings.
“Our last counting event was the Nomads South African Juniors International at Rondebosch Golf Club in the first week of March, so you can only imagine how excited the juniors are to get back out there to play for ranking points,” Thompson said.
“To host both events at the same venue is a huge plus for us in terms of guaranteeing the safety of the players and it is really fantastic that Selborne Park Golf Estate is able to accommodate us in this manner.”