Manyama recognised as one of SA golf’s greatson December 3, 2015
It has been a remarkable year for Theo Manyama, one of golf’s most respected rules officials and a stalwart of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
This year, Manyama completed his “Grand Slam” of having officiated at every single Major when he was invited to officiate at the PGA Championship.
He also received the Minister’s Excellence Award at this year’s annual South African Sports Excellence Awards, awarded to him by the Minister of Sport and Recreation, the Honourable Fikile Mbalula.
As a tournament director and rules official, Manyama is respected worldwide by players and officials alike. Manyama has now officiated at 16 Masters, nine US Opens, 19 Open Championships, and one PGA Championship.
He has also been a stalwart of “Africa’s Major” – the Nedbank Golf Challenge. From the inaugural tournament in 1981 to 1989, Manyama served as a marshal during the tournament. In 1990 he became a rules official at the event, and has served in that capacity at Sun City ever since.
“It is great to be honoured by my country,” said Manyama. “I have given a lot of my time and energy, my life, to golf, and it is a great feeling to receive this award from my country to go with all the other honours I have received.
“The Sunshine Tour has given me the opportunity to use my skills and give back to the game which has given me so much.”