Reyneke in full swing

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Experience and dedication are likely to be the motivating factors for Charmaine Reyneke, who will lead the Gauteng team in the SAPS Metropolitan National Golf Championships at Graceland in Secunda from Monday.

Reyneke, an enterprising golfer, played her heart out in this event last year and was selected with four men to represent South Africa in an international tournament in Australia.

She did not disappoint when she came third in the World Police and Fire Games in Adelaide, Australia, last year. Reyneke is now looking forward to the yearly championships on home soil.

"I'm determined to do well and help my province to lift some of the silverware on offer. I've been working on my game and I don't believe I'll disappoint. But it'll depend on how things work out on the day," she said.

Superintendent Louw, the chairman of the tournament, said the competition was tough and that those who succeeded were highly experienced and dedicated to the sport.

"Since it was introduced in 1987 it has not been won by one province in two consecutive years, that shows how fierce the competition is."

He said the event would be contested by 10 regions, each represented by 10 players - eight men, one woman and one development player.

The provinces will compete against each other for the first three days and the next three days players will take part in an individual points system.

"During the tournament there will be a team of selectors to choose a squad that will represent South Africa internationally after the tournament," said Louw.

The teams are Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, North West, Free State and the head office in Pretoria.