Raylen de Wee joins the field at Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open
Johannesburg, South Africa. March 2019. Entries are flowing in for the 21st edition of the prestigious Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open taking place from 13 to 16 May 2019 at the Magalies Park Golf Club. This year’s tournament will once again see some of the best golfers with disabilities from around the world compete.
South African arm amputee Raylen De Wee has confirmed his participation. De Wee suffered an electronic shock from a loose cable in 2010 and spent a year in hospital. In 2011, he began playing golf with the South African Disabled Golf Association’s (SADGA) First Swing Program (FSP). He competed in the South Africa Disabled Golf Open for the first time in 2014 and it’s become an annual tradition for him. He has since competed in the tournament every year. He currently boasts a handicap of 9.9.
Golf has turned into a career for De Wee who works at SADGA’ First Swing Program as a coach for disabled children in the Western Cape schools. He recently completed the PGA Grow Golf Coaches Certificate. The First Swing Program has helped to uplift hundreds of children through playing golf.
“We are proud to host this talented and up-and-coming golfer at the Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open in May. He is an inspiration to others who are trying to rebuild their lives following an injury that has left them disabled,” says Dana Eitzen, Corporate and Marketing Communications Executive from Canon SA, which has a proud legacy of support for South African sport.
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 (autistic, deformities etc).
The company is a primary sponsor of SADGA’s First Swing program which encourages young children with disabilities to live beyond their physical limitations and play golf. Canon is also associated with the Sunshine Ladies Tour as a sponsor of the season opening event for the past two years. This year, Canon SA is sponsoring The Player’s Fund Project Hero, through which the stories of four fallen rugby heroes are being told to offer hope to former rugby players whose lives have been forever changed by serious injuries on the field.
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