DURBAN: South Africa’s sports stars rallied behind the Gary Player Invitational, presented by Coca-Cola, at Zimbali Country Club yesterday.

Sharks rugby players Meyer Bosman and Charl McLeod, Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, and South African cricket legend Shaun Pollock would be teeing it up in the Pro-Am and the tournament in a bid to raise funds for charity.

“I heard about the tournament last year, and to be honest I’ve been holding out for an invitation so I’m very glad I got the nod,” said Bosman who had to shift around his training schedule.

“I’ve never met Gary Player, but the legacy he’s left for South African golf has been incredible. He started the success we’re seeing in South African golf to this day, and I think SA golf owes him a great debt.”

Bosman played off an eight handicap, but admitted he would have a few first-tee jitters.

“I just hope the occasion is not too big for me.”

McLeod was equally excited after postponing a family get- together to attend the annual event. “I feel honoured to have been invited. Gary Player is my first memory of a South African sports star who was also an international star,” McLeod said.

“I moved a few things around, but I’m sure my family will understand.”

Pollock was back to play in the main tournament, having been part of the winning amateur team last year.

“It’s great to help Mr Player raise the money for charity. As professional sportsmen, we have a great platform to help give something back,” said Pollock. – Sapa