Kamte heads to Gugs to revive his golf

2015-04-26 15:00

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Professional golfer James Kamte, who is currently a player host on the Sunshine Tour, plans to relocate to Gugulethu, Western Cape, in a bid to get his career back on track.

He has also added his voice to the sport fraternity’s call to end xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Kamte made the anti-xenophobia plea in Kitwe, Zambia, on Wednesday – ahead of the Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open in which he is currently participating. Kamte has been chosen as a host for the Sunshine Tour in response to the outbreak of xenophobic violence in South Africa.

The Zambian tournament teed off at the Nkana Golf Club on Thursday. The final round will be played today.

Kamte, who was born in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, and lives in Glendower, Ekurhuleni, has been experiencing a dry spell on the fairways for a few years.

His last notable victory was the BMG Classic, which he captured in 2011.

He posted a score of nine under for a total of 207, beating Dawie van der Walt in a play-off at the Glendower Golf Club.

Critics have attributed his slump to a lack of discipline on the golf course, coupled with a reckless lifestyle in Joburg.

He has been living in Gauteng for 12 years.

“I have decided to revive my game by moving from Joburg to Gugulethu.

“I believe it will be in my best interests to settle in Cape Town soon. I feel stagnant in Joburg, hence I no longer win things,” said Kamte this week before leaving for Zambia.

He noted that the Western Cape had good golf courses and players, most of whom came from the well-known township itself.

Kamte, who turns 33 in July, said he was not getting any younger, so relocation was a now-or-never move.

Kamte, who turned professional in 2003, also conquered the 2009 Asian Tour International in Thailand, where he posted a two-stroke win over Tetsuji Hiratsuka.

Since then, the player, who has previously been compared to Tiger Woods because of his playing style, has been in a downward spiral.

Many believe Kamte’s poor showing was further exacerbated by the injury he sustained during a skateboarding accident in Singapore in 2010, where he broke his hand and knee.

Last year, he was subjected to a strict nutrition programme to keep fit and get back to winning ways under the watchful eye of controversial professor of exercise and sports science Tim Noakes.

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