CAPE TOWN, 27 April 27, 2017 – Such was the success of the inaugural Golf Test Series against India in December that a reverse fixture, to be played at the iconic Leopard Creek Country Club, has been arranged for later this year. [I’m expecting at least 4 S. Cape golfers to be picked for these 3 teams – Ed].
In last year’s Golf Test Series, played at Royal Calcutta Golf Club, the visiting South African team of Senior (over 50) and Mid-Amateur (over 30) golfers ran out comfortable winners over their hosts.
The return fixture from 15 – 17 August will see Open Amateur and Junior (under 19) teams joining the Seniors and Mid-Amateur teams, meaning that each country will be represented by 16 players in this unique and exciting format.
“We are delighted to be able to return the favour and host our friends from the Indian Golf Union,” explained GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn.
“It is a truly unique format and we are proud to be able to deliver on our vision for the Golf Test Series to expand to include all age groups.
“The relationship between GolfRSA and the Indian Golf Union continues to grow from strength to strength and we look forward to more fiercely contested matches and new friendships being forged.
“Being able to host our Indian friends at Leopard Creek, one of the world’s top golf courses, will ensure that they will not only enjoy playing one of the country’s premier golf courses, but they will be treated to an authentic bushveld experience too.”
Indian Golf Union council member Dilip Thomas commented: “We are thrilled to play the full Test Match with all four teams this year.
“South Africa is a wonderful place to visit and we are excited to be strengthening our relationship with the country. To be playing the match at the extraordinary Leopard Creek is a special treat.”
The four-man teams for each age group will be selected according to the South African Golf Association selection policy, which takes into account players’ performance ranking, current form and team suitability. Team selections will finalised after 10 July 2017.