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It’s Global Challenge time again

You know it’s that time of the year because the The Global Challenge is around the corner.

Yes, it’s the Global Golf Challenge, an annual event that takes place at the Hermanus Golf Course, and is set to occur from Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 November. On Thursday and Friday, 8 and 9 November, other fun activities will be available for everyone in attendance to enjoy.

“The Global Challenge is a professional women’s golfing tournament,” explained Janet Marshall The Global Challenge Media Liaison. Players from the Southern and Northern Hemisphere meet at the Golf Course where they tee-off in pursuit of lifting the Ralph Walton trophy for their respective Hemisphere. “The Northern Hemisphere took the cup last year,” Marshall said.

She added that with no prize fund included into the event, these dynamic professionals are at the same time using this platform to raise monies for charity in a campaign known as #BangTheDrum.

She also said golfers taking part in the competition are selected by the organisers of the event. “We have eight players selected from the Northern Hemisphere and eight from its Southern counterpart,” said Marshall.

“This year, players from Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, France and England will make up the Northern Hemisphere Team and players from SA, Namibia and Swaziland will make up the Southern Hemisphere Team.” She also reported for the first time in sporting history, a world-class sportswoman with a physical disability will be selected by captains Nora Angehrn (Switzerland) and Morgana Robbertse (South Africa), to be included into each team. “Dutch Paralympian tennis gold medallist, Monique Kalkman and golf champion amputee, Caroline Larsson from Sweden, have been selected, playing alongside able bodied sportswomen and not in a disabled division.

“Other pro-golfers attending this professional event will be, Emilie Piquot (France), Charlotte Austwick (England), Melissa Eaton (SA), Lejan Lewthwaite (SA) and Mariell Bruun (Norway), just to mention a few.”

Marshall added that spectators will enjoy free entry every day of the four day programme. “This is your chance to rub shoulders with some great women professionals on the golf course and socially, as well as seeing one of South Africa’s favourite bands, Mango Groove, in concert- the concert takes place on Friday 9 November at 19:00.

She mentioned with the help of sponsors and organisers, the players are setting out to reach their goal of raising R300 000 for charity and local charities that will benefit from the funds will be The Full Tummy Fund, Learn to Earn, Just Care Hermanus and Overstrand Association for Persons with a Disability.

“The professionals will also be appealing to golfing fans to show their support by making a small financial pledge in support of their favourite player,” Marshall said.

On the Saturday, players will tee off from 08:30 in round one of the championships and the Sunday round two it is set to begin at the same time.

For more information visit The Global Challenge website at www.theglobalchallenge.co.za. Concert tickets available at: Hermanus Tourism, Hermanus High School or online through Nutickets. Adults pay R175 and learners pay R100.

To make your pledge visit www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/bangthedrum-pledge-campaign.

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