Mark is a qualified PGA Fellow Professional who has been involved in the game golf for more than 40 years. After 11 years as a full time Touring Professional two years were spent as Tournament & Operations Director for the PGA’s Sunshine Tour in South Africa, coordinating all professional events including the 1995 World Cup of Golf at Erinvale. That was followed by a 6 year stint as General Manager of a first ever golfing theme park – The World of Golf, selling over 10 000 memberships to an up market driving range and as co-owner introduced the first Gary Player Golf Academy in South Africa.
Mark then joined Fancourt as the Director of Golf at both The Links & Bramble Hill, as well as Golf Teaching Academy at Fancourt. One of the many highlights at Fancourt was the set up and running of the Presidents Cup in 2003, the inaugural Women’s World Cup of Golf in 2005 and also the South African Airways Open in 2006. Mark recognised the need for a strong junior program which was formed at the academy and following this he was included on the board of the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation. Mark left after 4 years of service at Fancourt to start up MWG (Pty) Ltd.
Francois obtained his B Comm. (1989) and MBA (2000) degrees at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. From 1999 he worked as a management accountant at various multinational companies. In 2001 he was appointed as a development accountant at Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Estate, a position that soon changed to Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Francois was intimately involved with the interaction and financial management between the developer, real estate, hotel and golf operations including corporate services.
In 2006 he resigned to start a media company and this encouraged him to consult and advise on various developments in South Africa including hotels and golf estates. Francois joined MWG in 2008 as the company’s Business Strategist. His role is to devise strategic plans for golf courses and real estate developers which are supported by valuable financial, marketing and operational information with the aim of providing sustainable solutions.
Rudi Mahne has been in the turf and golf industry for the past 23 years in all fields from course design to construction and golf course maintenance. For the first 10 years of his career, Rudi served as assistant golf course superintendent at George Golf Club and Leopard Creek Country Club, followed by his appointment as head golf course superintendent at Mossel Bay Golf Club.
In November 2003, Rudi was invited to assist with the course maintenance tournament preparation prior and during the Presidents Cup Tournament at the Links Golf Course, Fancourt. This culminated in him being employed as a golf course superintendent at Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Estate, South Africa’s most prestigious golf estate. For the following 3 years, Rudi had various stints looking after the Montagu, Outeniqua and the Links golf courses. He left Fancourt to grow in a recently constructed private golf course on Laucala island, Fiji. Prior to joining MWG, Rudi served as regional manager for Southern Turf Management (STM), overseeing projects in Gauteng, Kwa Zulu Natal and Mpumulanga provinces.
Rudi’s main responsibility will be to manage MWG’s turf division.