Funds needed to study in US
“I want to go turn professional but if that doesn’t workout then I’ll use my experience and coach young boys coming from disadvantaged areas, because that’s where I actually started, so I’d be happy to assist people to achieve their dreams.”
Those were the words of aspiring Ginsberg golfer Sinokholo Thumani, 21, who spoke to the GO! & Express recently. Thumani has been granted a scholarship to study at McCook Community College in Nebraska, US. However, the scholarship does not
cover accommodation , flights, health insurance, meals and a Student F1 visa, all of which costs about R400,000. He is now
appealing to the community to help him achieve his dream.
“I have been playing golf for 11 years and played for the Border region in the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB) Inter-Provincials in 2015, 2016 and 2017. From there, I went on to represent the main Junior Border U19 side three times,
twice in 2016 and once in 2017,”Thumani said.
He named coach Ben Jonas as a source of inspiration and said he looks up to golfing superstar Tiger Woods. Thumani has written to Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane and sport, recreation, arts and culture MEC Fezeka Bayeni for help.
“After I finish my studies, I want to come back and give back to the community and get the youth involved in golf,”he said.
“There is a perception that golf is an elite sport, but I am living proof that that is not true.”
Anyone looking to help can contact Thumani at 067-101-1779 or e-mail him at