WATCH: Putting the fair in fairway: Bella Modisha wants more black women on the greens

It’s a cloudy Sunday afternoon at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club as Rebone Bella Modisha concludes a golf lesson with a private client.

She had also spent the previous day working at the club – her weekends, just like her daily life, are dedicated to the male-dominated sport.

“The love for the game began when I learned to hit the ball properly,” says Modisha.

She says she took up the sport when a golf development programme was introduced at her high school.

However, after her final year, she could no longer benefit from the programme.

Modisha had to make her own way to continue playing the sport.

She aspired to play professionally and was determined to make her dream a reality. But the financial hurdles that came with this aspiration made it very difficult.

“I discovered over the years, as I improved, that it might not be possible without financial support. So I started reaching out and looking for other ways to remain in the game,” says Modisha.

In 2014, she enrolled with the Professional Golfers Association’s (PGA) internationally acclaimed programme and, three years later, became the first and only black woman in southern Africa to qualify as a professional golfer with the PGA.

‘Passionate about giving back’

“I enrolled for PGA of South Africa,” Modisha says. “I completed the three-year course […] and I graduated as what you see me today, the first and only black woman to qualify in the country.”

Now she wishes to give more young women like herself the chance to explore the game.

Her upcoming trip to a teaching conference and the World Trade Show in the US is one of the ways she aims to become the best person for the mission.

“I am passionate about giving back,” she says.

Modisha runs a development programme for girls in Alexandra, Johannesburg, under her company Bella Modisha Golf Evolution.

In order to fund the programme, Modisha runs a number of corporate and individual golf training packages.

After all, she got her golf break the same way.

Modisha is due to head to the teaching conference early next year. She hopes to come back with more knowledge to pass on to her girls.


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Publish date : 2018-12-31 17:32:00

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