Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open

Before the official launch of our website, we received several press releases from The Mailroom, Canon SA’s official Public Relations and Communications company. We have taken it upon ourselves to rerun Canon’s participation and sponsorship of the Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Association golfing event. After reading we are convinced that you would have no objections as it encompasses everything that we embrace and hope to, that now includes the winners of the photographic competition that took place at the event.

Johannesburg, South Africa. April 2019. Keen to recognize and reward local photographic talent, Canon South Africa, as part of its sponsorship of the 2019 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open, called on photographers to capture moments at the tournament.       

Those interested stood a chance of winning prizes from Canon worth over R18 000.

Canon EF 70 – 200 mm f 4.0 L USM

Canon Pixma Pro 100

“The Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open promised an inspiring show of exceptional talent, perseverance, courage and determination. Canon South Africa invited photographers who were there to capture the moments as some of the world’s best golfers with disabilities competed for top accolades,” said Dana Eitzen, Corporate and Marketing Communications Executive at Canon SA.

Professional photographers could submit up to ten photos taken at the 2019 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open that took place from 13 to 15 May 2019 at the Magalies Park Golf Club. The photos featured disabled golfer in action at the tournament, with no major editing done to them. HDR was permitted. Photos had to be submitted by 20 May 2019 to The winner was announced at the end of May. The prize package included a Canon Pro 100 printer and an EF 70-200 mm f4.0 USM lens.  Entries were evaluated by a judging panel comprising representatives from Canon South Africa, the South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA) and VWSA.

For 21 years, the tournament has helped to unite, inspire and acknowledge golfers with disabilities. This will be Canon South Africa’s third year as the title sponsor of the tournament which is organised annually by the South African Disabled Golf Association SADGA). This international amateur event incorporates golfers with varying disabilities, with divisions for leg amputees, arm amputees, deaf golfers, the visually impaired and Les Autres (such as limb deformities, permanent movement disorders or cerebral palsy). Entries streamed in from South Africa and abroad for the tournament.

Amongst the internationals that entered was Mike Browne from the United Kingdom; Graeme Mazur and Johnny Rhea, both from the United Kingdom. Female players who entered included Vernita Wirth and Charlene Pienaar, a blind lady golfer. Four up and coming rookies from SADGA’s First Swing Programme, which teaches the game of golf to young people with disabilities, were also hitting the course at Magalies Park in May. One of its youngsters, 20-year-old Ignation Douries placed 9th overall in the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open in 2018 played his 7th tournament this year. South Africans have historically dominated the tournament, with Ben van Zyl winning the event from 1998 to 2003; Pieter Jansen in 2004; Nico Wentzel in 2008; Iglin Grobbelaar in 2009 and 2010; and Daniel Slabbert from 2011 to 2013, and again in 2015.

Double Delight for Browne in SA Disabled Open

Mike Brown wins the 21st Canon SA Disabled Golf Open

HARTEBEESPOORT, 15 May 2019 – Mike Browne slept on the lead for two nights and on Wednesday, the Englishman finished the job – winning the 21st Canon SA Disabled Golf Open in wire-to-wire style for a second successive year at Magalies Park. Browne opened the tournament with a two-under-par 70 to share the first round lead with fellow leg-amputee Geoff Nicholas, but Browne left the Australian world-beater behind on day two. A second round 76 moved the defending champion to two-over-par 146 and he started the final round two shots clear of Nicholas and 10 ahead of South African Les Autres pair Charl Theron and two-time former champion Iglin Grobbelaar.Browne and Nicholas were evenly matched over the first nine holes, but the 41-year-old former Royal Artillery gunner shifted into high gear on the homeward loop.

He racked up three gains and drained a final birdie putt at the closing hole for a 74 and an 11 shot victory on four-over-par 220. “I am happy, really happy with the way I bounced back after a truly awful start,” said Brown. “It all went according to plan in the first round, but the second round was really tough with tucked pins and slippery greens. Then it went sideways this morning. I dropped at five and six and tripled seven and I could just see it all going the wrong way for me. “You just have to dig in. I started with two straight pars and then I sunk a nice putt for birdie at 12 and I felt that the tide might turn. I hit two great shots into the par five (13) and made the birdie putt and got another one in the hole at 15, but gave it straight back at 16.” Browne’s birdie putt at 17 pulled up just short, but he hit a good drive down 18 and pitched his approach 20-foot pin high left of the back flag. “I had a similar length putt last year and it went the distance and lipped out. I’d been leaving putts short all day, so this time I gave it some good pace and it was the best feeling when the birdie putt dropped. “Sometimes I forget that it’s only been about five years since I started playing golf.

Coming back here this year reminded me how much I’ve matured as a golfer in the last year. I’m really proud to be a double winner and to claim some important world ranking points. “I definitely hope I can come back next year to hunt for a hat-trick of titles. I just love it here. With all the different disability divisions competing in this event, Magalies Park is such a perfect venue and the hospitality is out of this world. “The course is perfect for this championship; not too long, but a real test. It doesn’t benefit the long drivers, because the greens and the hazards are its defences, so it comes down to skill, short game and course management.” Nicholas turned five-over and dropped another four shots in the first five holes on the back nine, but he rammed home a brilliant birdie at 17. Unfortunately, he ended up in the trees with his approach into the final hole.

Showing off the skills that netted him 13 British and United States Amputee Opens, the 57-year-old got on the dance floor, lagged a 60-footer to give and tapped in to seal second with a final round 83. Four-time World One-Arm champion Reinard Schuhknecht led the local challenge. The 28-year-old Heron Banks golfer carded rounds of 80 and 77 and closing 77 lifted him to third on 234. Theron finished three strokes back in fourth and Grobbelaar rounded out the top five on 243. Graeme Mazur and Ian Mortimer Jones added to the English celebrations with a one and three finish in the Overall Stableford Division. Mazur carded rounds of 31, 34 and 28 to win on 93 points, edging out fellow Les Autres golfer Shelvin Kraemer from South African by two points.

Jones took third on 89 points, while South African Visually Impaired duo Leon Strydom and Johan Kotze shared fourth 76 points. Charles Williams made a welcome return to the winner’s circle in the Deaf Championship. The 2017 champion triumphed on 251 with rounds of 86, 82 and 83, denying fellow First Swing Program coach Daren Hanekom back-to-back wins. And KwaZulu-Natal junior Sandile Shange – making his second appearance in flagship event – led from start to finish in the Deaf Overall Stableford Division. Shange won by six on 88 points with rounds of 31, 32 and 25.

Reinard Schuhknecht

Reinard Schuhknecht led the South African challenge with a third-place finish in the 21st Canon SA Disabled Golf Open at Magalies Park Resort; credit Tyrone Winfield.

Inspiring the next generation

Leg-amputee Mike Browne from England hopes to inspire these members and young coaches of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing Program to chase their dreams with his double success in the Double Canon SA Disabled Golf Open; credit Tyrone Winfield.

Mike Browne

Englishman Mike Browne went wire-to-wire at Magalies Park Resort for a second year running to claim successive Canon SA Disabled Golf Open titles; credit Tyrone Winfield.

Well done to @nicbothma for winning the professional photographic competition at the @canon SA Disabled Golf Open 2019.

Nic won the Canon EF 70 – 200 mm f 4.0 L USM Lens for his awesome photo of Raylen De Wee coming out of the bunker. This photo also made the front page of the Citizen neswpaper. The FSP children from Eros school and the SADGA Elite squad handed over Nic’s prize at @kingdavidmowbraygolfclub

@tyronewinfield won the second prize of a Canon Pro 100 printer for his shot of @nicoschmullian, handed over by Canon’s Corporate & Marketing Communications Executive, @Danaeitzen


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