Morne Engelbrecht- Assistant Golf Administrator
Gauteng North Golf Union
|What led you to becoming a PGA Professional?
|I joined the Golf Academy at Tshwane University of Technology after school. After our first round it became clear to be that playing the game professionally might not be destined for me. But I fell in love with working in the industry, due to the example that was set by program director Francois Viljoen. So, I buckled down on the academic’s side to make sure I gave myself the best possible opportunity to get into the industry.|
|How long have you been in your current position?
|2 years and 10 Months|
|What does your job entail?
|I am responsible for Junior Golf at GNGU, administrate the leagues and run/ assist with amateur tournaments in the GNGU region.
|Do you have any environmental or sustainability goals that you have met and would like to share?
|Please give us a brief outline of the path you took to lead you to your current position||In my final year of studying I received the wonderful opportunity to do my apprenticeship at Riddle Golf under Werner Kapp. I moved to Koro Creek Bushveld Golf Estate when Riddle Golf secured the shop there in 2013. This is where I completed my apprenticeship under David Riddle who I can proudly call my mentor.
After completing the R&A Tars course in 2015, I felt that I would serve the game better in a tournament administrating position as this is where my true passion lies. So, in 2017 I joined the dream team at GNGU who is led by manager Taryn Davel.
|Why do you feel that you would be a good candidate to win this award?
|We as GNGU provide various platform for players to play the game on different levels. We run a total of 12 leagues that caters to every single member in the union. From junior golfers straight through to the senior golfer on all ability levels. One of the leagues that we are particularly proud of is the GNGU Development League, this league provides the opportunity for 96 caddies and club staff to represent their clubs in 7 league matches.
In 2020 we had over 40 tournaments scheduled. This was unfortunately interrupted by the current Covid-19 epidemic. But tournaments have since been restarted.
My personal drive is to try and connect emotionally to all players that I encounter. To see if I cannot contribute to their personal growth and make them better players. This is not always possible, but I am a firm believer in the PGA slogan that we can touch lives through the game of golf!