WGSA pays tribute to Bern Tribelhorn

Womens Golf South Africa expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of former SALGU president Bern Tribelhorn, who passed away on Saturday, 11 July 2015.

“Bern was one of the champions of the women’s game in South Africa and we were deeply saddened to learn of her passing,” said Womens Golf South Africa president, Karen Olivant.

“Bern will be fondly remembered, not only as a past SALGU president and WPLGU president, but for her dedication, support and her vast contribution to women’s golf.

“Bern was a long serving member of Mowbray Golf Club for more than two decades and during her notable amateur career, she represented Western Province alongside Hall of Famers Sally Little and Wendy Warrington and many of the icons of women’s amateur golf in the province.

“When Bern retired from the amateur game in 1980, she embraced golf administration and served as president of the Western Province Ladies Golf Union.

“During her tenure as the SALGU presient, Bern introduced new technology like videoing the players and sport psychology to nurture the development of the national players and the young talent.

“Bern remained dedicated to the development of future stars even after retiring from golf administration in 1994 and immersed herself in the WGWP and SAGDB’s Western Province girls’ grassroots programme at the River Club.

“Bern’s legacy lives on in her daughters June Watson, who continues to co-ordinate the WGWP River Club grassroots coaching and Lorraine Smit, who has represented Western Province on numerous occasions.”

A memorial service for Bern will be held on Friday, 17 July 2015 at 15h00 at Rosebank Methodist Church, 2 Chapel Lane in Rosebank, Cape Town.

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of Womens Golf South Africa.

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