Mashaba keen to swing for kids

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Top golf administrator and professional coach Norman Mashaba is determined to bring a major change to the sport and a growing awareness to the underprivileged children in the townships.

The outspoken Mashaba joined the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB) as the organisation's development manager for Gauteng Central recently.

He is determined to improve the running of the programme that has faced a number of difficulties in the past and believes that his priority is to build an understanding with the local development coaches.

"I'm a guy who believes in team work. I need to know that these guys understand what their responsibilities are. I want to see them giving children what they deserve," he said.

"There is a lot of talent in the country and we have to use the SAGDB as a vehicle to make massive inroads where the sport is ignored or is non- existent."

Mashaba said he was also looking at the caddies to be developed into golfers, adding that he believes with their experience they will contribute a lot to the game.

"I want to make sure tchildren in the townships know what golf is. Once they get the understanding of what the game is all about then the sky is the limit."

Hesaid it was vital that parents got involved in supporting and encouraging their children in the game and they can do that through golf.

"Norman brings an enormous amount of experience and expertise to the SAGD," said SAGDB managing executive Ken Viljoen in welcoming Mashaba. "I am sure he will make a great impact in the region and make it the flagship of the development board."

Mashaba's professional coaching background will be a real asset to the SAGDB. He is also determined to make best use of the PGA mentorship programme, which will see development coaches receiving regular support from top PGA professionals.

"Golf to me is not a sport," Mashaba said. "It's my life. I've always believed that more can be done, and I've decided to get involved."