Blacks feel the heat in golf events

Although golf has been regarded as a white man's sport before, a growing number of blacks is now playing the game and determined to succeed despite the fact that the corporate world is not taking care of them.

Although golf has been regarded as a white man's sport before, a growing number of blacks is now playing the game and determined to succeed despite the fact that the corporate world is not taking care of them.

Black golfers have taken centre stage, but one is surprised that most companies do not recognise their invaluable contribution to the game.

Most black youngsters who have turned professional cannot cope with the competition in the Sunshine Tour because of lack of sponsorship.

Some even told Sowetan that they could not take part in certain tournaments because of a lack of funds.

Apparently the country is losing nascent world beaters in the game because of lack of money and it is for the government to intervene.

Top golfers such as James Kamte, who played in Europe recently, Omar Sandys, who came second in the Dimension Data last year, Lindani Ndwandwe, Eugene Marogo, Irvin Mosate and Thabang Simon to mention but a few, all lack meaningful sponsorship.

Ndwandwe is a good golfer, but has said lack of financial assistance normally takes his concentration and focus away from the game, and as a result he ends up playing far below par.

Kamte recently said if most black professional golfers could acquire that financial muscle, they could make a great difference in the Sunshine Tour.

The tour is currently dominated by whites, who he said had secured substantial sponsorships and had excellent golf courses where they practise and learn the sport.

Before the tee off of the Dimension Data that ended yesterday at Sun City, I spoke to Ndwandwe, asking him about his chances on the tour. He did not sound convincing when he said he would try his best. But again he complained about lack of sponsorship.

Maybe, in future some good Samaritans will present themselves and assist these youngsters financially and then it will be a different ball game as they would now be focused and concentrate on the sport.

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