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Change of date for Nelson Mandela Golf Tournament


As the world still mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela late last night, the sports world is also affected.

According to the Associated Press,

The Nelson Mandela Championship golf tournament will end one day early next week to recognize the state funeral for the late president.

 

This is the second year the tournament is part of the official European Tour schedule. It was scheduled for Dec. 12-15 at Mount Edgecombe Country Club. The European Tour and Sunshine Tour say it now will start Wednesday and end Saturday.

 

An official memorial service for Mandela is scheduled for Tuesday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, where Mandela made his last public appearance at the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup. His body will lie in state Wednesday through Friday in Pretoria. The state funeral and burial at Qunu will be Sunday.

This tournament raises money for Mandela’s charity, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

Moving the start and end dates of this event was a good choice, and is a great way to honor Mandela.

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