Nelson Mandela, 1995 Springbok World Cup victory. USA Today Sports. Photo credit, Ross Setford, AP.

Partnership of Honor: Nelson Mandela Championship

I know of no international agent of social and political change other than Nelson Mandela for whom a golf championship has been named, but how very appropriate it is for the game of golf to acknowledge and memorialize Mandela’s magnificent contributions to our world with the Nelson Mandela Championship, an event co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the South African Sunshine Tour.

Mandela perfectly understood the profound capacity of sport to unify and focus a people otherwise fractured and divided by social issues, and he put that understanding to work in changing the daily lives of millions.  Rugby and a Springbok World Cup victory fundamentally transformed South Africa.

Similarly, the game of golf transforms communities.  The ongoing, dynamic partnership between pro golf and philanthropy mirrors Mandela’s moral compass that points always toward the greater good.

Mandela’s influence and his impact transcend time and space.  The Nelson Mandela Championship, sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, which brings support and hope to South African children whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS, perfectly suits Mandela’s social and political legacy.

The honor of the game, the partnership between the sport and social welfare, and the moral compass of Mandela’s enduring leadership combine under the banner of the Nelson Mandela Championship.

2013 Nelson Mandela Championship

Scott Jamieson is the 2012 defending champion at the 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship, which will be played December 8-15 at the Mount Edgecombe Country Club in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, South Africa.

South Africa and the world will still be in mourning at the currently scheduled tournament start time and Mandela’s state funeral will come in the midst of the event.  Expect some schedule adjustments for the Nelson Mandela Championship, which will receive international television coverage.  Current information and changes should be available at the official web site:



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