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'Who's Who' of business, government, sport at weekend charity golf event

18 May 2019 11:40 AM
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BCX SuperSport Shootout
BCX SuperSport Shootout director Kevin Curren gives details of this year's participants and the charities that will benefit.

Every year, legends of South African sport join up with business and political leaders for a charity drive golf weekend.

For the first time in its 16-year history, the BCX SuperSport Shootout is being hosted in the Western Cape.

The CapeTalk Weekend Breakfast team broadcast live from the Pearl Valley Golf Estate at the Val de Vie Estate in the Cape winelands.

Africa Melane speaks to tournament director and former SA tennis player, Kevin Curren.

It's a very good strategic fit for the event because of the premium nature of the amenities.

Kevin Curren, BCX SuperSport Shootout director and former SA tennis player

We didn't know that you had such fantastic weather in the Cape at this time of the year in May... All bodes well for a great tournament.

Kevin Curren, BCX SuperSport Shootout director and former SA tennis player

Curren explains that the format of the tournament is based on the premium Ryder Cup competition.

The reason we are using the Ryder Cup is the fact that it is the most popular event on the entire golf calendar... the most sought-after and most viewed event in all of golf.

Kevin Curren, BCX SuperSport Shootout director and former SA tennis player

But what about requirements for the participants at the BCX event - are there handicap restrictions?

It works out very nicely that everybody can participate at different levels.

Kevin Curren, BCX SuperSport Shootout director and former SA tennis player

We've got a lot of CEOs and chairmen from different companies... A lot of sponsors bring in their clients... It really is a Who's Who, we've got 17 sponsors in total.

Kevin Curren, BCX SuperSport Shootout director and former SA tennis player

80 of the 120 spots are reserved for high-profile business and government figures, with 40 going to sportspeople

This year, the field includes the captain of the BlitzBokke and a host of former Springbok captains.

You have to have played for South Africa to get invited.... the sportsmen are in their own right are great celebrities, the public identify with them.

Kevin Curren, BCX SuperSport Shootout director and former SA tennis player

We've got John Smit, Jean de Villiers, Francois Pienaar, and then a whole host of other Springboks.

Kevin Curren, BCX SuperSport Shootout director and former SA tennis player

One of the great things about the event is the camaraderie and the new friendships that are formed over the weekend and the the deal-flow that goes down is quite remarkable.

Kevin Curren, BCX SuperSport Shootout director and former SA tennis player

Underlying all of this is a very strong charitable component

Kevin Curren, BCX SuperSport Shootout director and former SA tennis player

Curren says the selected charities are ones that focus on upskilling underprivileged young people.

This year, because the event is being held in the Western Cape the local Val de Vie Foundation will also benefit.

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18 May 2019 11:40 AM
Tags:
Golf
BCX SuperSport Shootout