Last week golfers flew in from all over South Africa to attend the 11th year of the prestigious and salubrious MTN SuperSport Shootout. This year has been testimony that the formula for a world-class VIP golfing tournament lies, without a doubt, in the hands of the participants.
Hosted at the Fairmont Hotel, Zimbali Coastal Resort, the guests were treated like royalty from the moment they arrived at this pristine stretch of KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast.
The MTN SuperSport Shootout Ladies’ event welcomed the likes of Advocate Moroka, Yvonne Khoza, Futhi Mtoba and other leading ladies of society, some of whom walked away with fantastic golf prizes thanks to long-time sponsors MTN, BMW, Thule, Polo and Ken Forrester.
Following the inaugural ladies’ event last year, 2014 has proven to be a great success for the avid golfing women of South Africa and proudly, this looks to have become an integral part of the MTN SuperSport Shootout for years to come. The men’s event played host to the likes of Shaun Pollock, Breyton Paulse, Jake White and Ambassador Gila, to name but a few.
“The Shootout is more than a great golf event. It is a wonderful lifestyle experience and the perfect environment for networking with the leaders of society,” said Selwyn Nathan, South African Tour Commissioner, who joined the team at Zimbali for the start of the men’s event on Friday.
Kevin Curren, former tennis professional and MTN SuperSport Shootout tournament director had this to say about his brainchild, “The success of this special event is in many ways attributable to the diverse makeup of the invitees, featuring the captains of industry, government leaders and sporting legends.
This mix of interesting participants adds to the dynamic and exceptional environment in which to socialise and network and it is easy to understand why the Shootout has become the favoured golfing event for our businessmen and sportsmen in South Africa.”
Proceedings started off early on Friday morning with the ABSA SuperSkills on the 10th hole. This competition was won by Arrie Rautenbach and Graeme Watson and funds were donated to The Gozololo Centre for Needy Children by ABSA on behalf of the winners. Giving back to those less fortunate has always been a key component of the MTN SuperSport Shootout and this year has been no exception. Substantial funds were raised at both the ladies’ and men’s gala dinners for charities focusing predominantly on furthering education and alleviating poverty.
The ever-gracious and compassionate, Advocate Kgomotso Moroka pledged a significant amount to the Agang Sechaba charity on behalf of SuperSport. The MTN Foundation matched this pledge with a strong contribution of their own to the Gozololo Centre for Needy Children. Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi, Acting Chief Corporate Services Officer for MTN shared insight into their chosen charity at the ladies’ glittering gala dinner on the Friday night. In addition, the kindness and generosity of the guests and sponsors contributed in raising a significant amount for the chosen event charities.
“As organisers of the event, we are extremely proud of the tournament’s record of giving back to society and making a meaningful contribution towards building a better South Africa,” said Curren.