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What A Real Hunger For Golf Looks Like

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA | Swedish professional Joel Sjöholm did something in India the last time he was there that he still regrets. He was at a golf clinic with a bunch of some of the poorest kids in a country where there are several classes of poor. He was trying to do something beautiful. He was trying to give something back from the biggest break in his own life – being rescued from a life of poverty in Santiago, Chile, and adopted into a life of privilege by Swedish parents when he was 3 months old. That day in India, all Joel Sjöholm tried to do was give two or three of the kids in front of him a little bit of the food he had on him. And he started a riot. The scramble for just a crumb of what he had on him shocked him. “I tried to do my best there. I didn’t realise you shouldn’t do that. I got into a bit of trouble because I didn’t think. I tried my best and it didn’t work out,” Sjöholm says. He spoke about this experience as we stood on a driving range ahead of the Joburg Open.
Sjöholm was once again supporting the annual Joburg Open golf-development clinic at the Alexandra Driving Range. As were European Tour professionals Richard Finch and Phillip Price, and Sunshine Tour professional Teboho Sefatsa. They weren’t the only ones, but they have been the ones who every year keep putting up their hands for this clinic.


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