Schuhknecht showcases disabled golf at “Africa’s Major”on December 5, 2014
World one-arm golf champion Reinardt Schuhknecht made his debut in the official pro-am of the Nedbank Golf Challenge this week as part of the vision of “Africa’s Major” to make an impact on the greater South African golf community.
For the past few years, the winner of the Nedbank South African Disabled Golf Open has been granted an invitation to play in the pro-am at Sun City.
With the winner of the 2014 Nedbank SA Disabled Golf Open being Canadian golfer Josh Williams, it was decided to instead invite South African Schuhknecht.
And the young star of South African disabled golf was blown away by the experience.
“I was a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. And it was an unbelievable experience,” said Schuhknecht.
“I played with Shane Lowry and he couldn’t believe how far I hit the ball. And it was actually great playing with him because he’s from Ireland, and that’s where I’ll be defending the World One-Arm Golf Championship next year.”
Schuhknecht said the most valuable part of the experience was watching and learning from 30 of the world’s best golfers.
“I learnt a lot from Shane. I also spoke to some of the other players like Martin Kaymer and Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who were all very friendly and answered all of my questions.
“It’s just such an honour for me to have played in this, and it means so much for us as South African disabled golfers that people can see we are also a part of this greater golf community.”