PLETTENBERG BAY GOLF NEWS - The annual Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA) golf day was a hole-in-one with a whopping R200 000 raised to boost crime fighting in the town.
Not only did golf enthusiasts spend the day playing for a good cause at Goose Valley on Friday 8 November, but they also had the opportunity to rub shoulders with one of the world's greatest golfers of all time.
Golfing legend and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Gary Player agreed to make the annual event a tad sweeter, by offering to not only host a one-on-one golf clinic for those who needed to up their game but also to hit, for a donation, participants' drive from the 11th tee box.
The day ended with an auction where an array of golfing memorabilia, donated by Player, was auctioned off to raise further funds. Some of these items included a par saver wedge and flag signed by Player, several iconic golfing photographs, as well as a signed driver by the great Jack Nicklaus.
The PBCPA's Ina Olivier said the event, which was held on this Player signature course, was a massive success and they managed to raise about R200 000. "It would not have been possible without all the sponsors who came on board and all those who supported the event. The names are too many to mention," Olivier said.
"Plettenberg Bay is one of those very unique gems on this planet and certainly one of the most sought-after places to visit or live in, in South Africa. The one factor that has a very big impact on its continued success to be a desired holiday destination or investment opportunity is the amount of crime.
"For many years now the PBCPA has played an integral part in ensuring Plett is a safe place for the hard-working and honest people to flourish and prosper, and in turn a dangerous place for a criminal to operate in," she said.
"The PBCPA is a collection of people and organisations in Plett who volunteer their resources and talents to secure our neighbourhoods."
Olivier said the funds go towards training, cameras, radio fees, dedicated vehicles and much more. "The PBCPA also runs a 24/7 emergency hotline for any type of emergency. It is also actively involved in crime prevention in the form of drug abuse-prevention campaigns, criminal rehabilitation and other projects to reverse the moral decay of society by restoring trust and honesty."
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