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2020: Madibaz golfer selected for Ernie Els Foundation

Diploma in Management student at Nelson Mandela University, Altin van der Merwe, received a prestigious membership of the Ernie Els Foundation! Altin is also a member of the Madibaz USSA golf team and a member at Humewood Golf Club.

 

The Ernie Els Foundation was founded in 1999 with the purpose of identifying and assisting young talented individuals, in golf, predominantly from families of limited resources and to deliver to them educational assistance and playing opportunities in order to produce successful young leaders and develop their playing ability to its full potential. Read all about the foundation at https://ernieels.com/foundation.

Membership of the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation is by invitation only and it is performance based. Altin is currently ranked as the 18th best amateur golfer in South Africa!

“I am very excited to part of the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation as it will assist me to play more tournament around the country and become more competitive” said and excited Altin.  The support from the foundation includes assistance to attend national tournaments, golf equipment and educational fees. 

Altin will attend a number of approved national amateur tournaments in 2021 and hopefully improve his national ranking! Madibaz Golf at the Nelson Mandela University and Humewood Golf Club is extremely proud of Altin and his achievements.  Good luck Altin!

2019 EP Strokeplay Champion!

Altin van der Merwe won the EP Strokeplay At Humewood Golf Club with rounds of 70, 72 and 73 with a total of 215. Runner up was Therion Nel with a total of 220. Weather conditions was far from ideal (50km/hr) at the Humewood Links course, which made putting difficult.

 

Border Strokeplay Champion!

7 August 2019 – The sun has risen dramatically over Kyle de Beer’s golf career in the last 12 months and his emergent dominance was punctuated by a seven-shot stroke victory in the Border Stroke Play in July that shot the Port Elizabeth golfer to fourth in the GolfRSA Open Amateur Rankings.

At the testing East London layout, De Beer opened with rounds of 65 and 69 and fired a flawless 64 in the final round to triumph on 21-under-par 198, edging out South African’s reigning number one Jayden Schaper and Dean Martin, who opted for the US College route and attended Troy University. In 2019, Kyle also received his National Colours!

 

 

KPMG Madibaz Golf Team comes second at USSA 2017

fltr: Kyle de Beer, Altin van der Merwe, Jacques Smith, Hando Brophy

 

Congratulations Kyle de Beer

Kyle was elected to represent South Africa at the 29th Summer Golf Olympiad in Chinese Taipei.  The tournament is scheduled to take place from 19-31 August 2017. 

 

 

KPMG Madibaz Golf Team wins the 2016 National USSA tournament!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The triumphant KPMG Madibaz Golf Team (2016)!

 

A division Matchplay winners:  Mike Maybery, Colin Baldie, Luke Jerling and Jacques Smith.

 

B division Matchplay winners:  Johan Coetzer, Wihan Kleyn, Steve Dent and Hando Bophy.

 

Well done to all Nelson Mandela University students who assisted Mike Usendorff in achieving 200 holes in 10hrs!

 

Luke Jerling gets selected in the USSA SA team!

Luke Jerling was selected to represent the USSA SA side to participate at the World University Golf Championships in Brive, France! Well done Luke! The tournament took place from 16-20 June 2016. 

 

All systems go for the Marathon Event by our students on 16 May at Humewood Golf Club!!

Nelson Mandela University golfer Mike Usendorff will soon embark on his longest round of golf yet: an attempt to play 180 holes in just 10 hours.

But it’s all for a good cause. Half the money raised during the BTech Marketing student’s golfing challenge on May 16 will be put towards NMU’s costs to participate in the upcoming University Sport South Africa (USSA) golf tournament. The other half is going towards the Ernie Els Centre for Autism.

Usendorff, 23, a member of Nelson Mandela University’s KPMG Madibaz Golf Club, is the son of South African golfing celebrity Dave Usendorff. He remembers watching his father play 256 holes in a day to raise money for a children’s charity – and yearned to do the same one day. The opportunity has finally arrived.

“For me, family comes first – I’ve always wanted to be like my dad, and to be someone who can give something back.” Dave will be flying in from Pretoria to support his son. 

“I’m very excited. I know it’s not going to be easy. But even if I don’t reach 180 holes, I know I’ll still be proud, as this is going towards something good,” said Usendorff, who has been visiting the gym and playing a few more rounds than normal to prepare for the marathon event at Humewood Golf Club. “Every Sunday, I’ve been playing 36 holes without a cart.”

As the event approaches, Usendorff and his KPMG Madibaz team mates are rallying around to raise sponsorship, approaching companies and individuals to sponsor an amount per hole played – or give a donation.

On the day, the whole team will be involved, taking turns to drive Usendorff between holes in a golf-cart, and making sure he has plenty of water.

"The students are very eager to perform well at this year's USSA tournament, which will be hosted by Humewood Golf Club, but their willingness to donate a portion of the funding raised to the Ernie Els Foundation for Autism, shows emotional maturity well beyond their ages," says Karl du Preez, President of the KPMG Madibaz Golf Club.

The public is welcome to come and watch Usendorff’s progress during his golf marathon, which will start at 7am and finish at 5pm.

 

 

KPMG Madibaz 2015 USSA Team with Brendon Timm (Team Manager), Alan Barr (KPMG) and MJ Lamprecht (Golf Manager).


 

Golf Players
Nelson Mandela University USSA Team 2014