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Thursday, December 15, 2005


Other Sport: After sevens rugby, George overflows for Fancourt golf

By: Athane Scholtz Garden Route Reporter

GEORGE is buzzing as sports lovers make the most of two international events in the mountainside town.

The SA Airways Open golf tournament is being played at Fancourt from tomorrow – less than a week after the South African leg of the Fly Emirates IRB rugby sevens tournament was held at Outeniqua Park.

George Airport and George Tourism both confirmed that the town was jam-packed ahead of its traditional high season starting next week.

Outgoing George Airport manager Jenny Becker earlier confirmed full flights on most carriers. “Bookings leading up to the sports events have ensured that the airport will be very busy for an extra week and remain so until mid-January,” she said.

George Tourism director Joan Shaw said the rugby had generated many bed-nights for George.

She said all accommodation establishments in George were full for the golf long weekend and visitors were being advised to seek accommodation in neighbouring towns.

“The town and the tourism offices are very busy and there is a distinct holiday vibe in the air. It’s great. We have received many golf inquiries, particularly from the Eastern and Western Cape.”

Meanwhile, preparations for the golf tournament were well on the way. The first players arrived yesterday. The tournament ends on Sunday.

Fancourt marketing director Kwakye Donkor said he was confident that this year’s tournament would be the best ever.

“Our recent confirmation as best golf resort in Africa, combined with some of the world’s best players, will ensure an unforgettable tournament. We are excited and well prepared for the event.”

Donkor said the links course was in perfect condition and ready to host the world’s best.

“We expect that players will get out onto the course to practise and familiarise themselves with this very challenging course as soon as possible.”

The tournament – which will feature South Africa’s top players including Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Tim Clarks and Trevor Immelman – carries an increased 1-million (R7,5-million) purse.

Fancourt is hosting its third international tournament in two years. It played host to the President’s Cup in 2003 and the Women’s World Cup in February this year.

All is well in paradise- it seems  
How do you actually watch a game of golf?seriously, i can understand it must be cool to play,but to actually watch it...Hell No!  
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