A golfing marathon yesterday (16 May) to raise money for autism and for his team to participate in this year’s national inter-varsity golf tournament, saw Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Mike Usendorff playing 200 holes in 10 hours, the equivalent of 11 full rounds of golf.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED … Mike Usendorff (middle, with golf club) celebrates the completion of an epic day of golf, with his main supporters for the day, his team mates from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s KPMG Madibaz Golf Club.
The BTech Marketing student and his KPMG Madibaz Golf Club team mates approached companies and individuals to sponsor an amount per hole played – or give a donation. While final figures are still being tallied, R40,000 had been collected by noon yesterday.
Half the money raised will go towards the Ernie Els Centre for Autism, and the other half will be put towards NMMU’s costs to participate in the upcoming University Sport South Africa (USSA) golf tournament. This takes place in July at Humewood Golf Course, where Usendorff’s golfing marathon was also held.
The entire student golf team was involved yesterday, taking turns to drive Usendorff between holes in a golf-cart, and making sure he had plenty of water.
Usendorff, 23, said the day had many highlights, particularly the involvement of his team. “I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I did without the support of the boys … I know golf is an individual sport, but the support from the team was phenomenal for me.”
Usendorff’s father, South African golfing celebrity Dave Usendorff, flew in from Gauteng for the event, and his mother and brother, who live in Port Elizabeth, were also there to cheer him on.
Perfect weather and constant support from the sidelines kept Usendorff going. “Everyone believed in me … I was chuffed with how I played. Everything came together nicely.”
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