Young golfers eye world champs

2012-06-02 15:20

Mokoena (14) and Meyer (15) prepare to tee off in Indonesia

Two young South African golfers, Karabo Mokoena and David Meyer, will fulfil their long-cherished dream of taking part in the World Junior Golf Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia, from Tuesday.

The players will be part of the tournament that tees off at the Damai Indah Golf Course from Tuesday to Saturday.

They were due to leave for Indonesia yesterday.

Mokoena is a 14-year-old Grade 9 pupil at Riverside High School at Three Rivers, Vereeniging, from where he hails.
He plies his golfing trade at the picturesque Maccauvlei Golf Club overlooking the Vaal River.

Johannesburg-based Meyer, who turned 15 this week, is in the same grade, but pursues his studies at the Dainfern College.

He swings his clubs at the glamorous Dainfern Golf Estate, where he lives.

Central Gauteng Golf Union administrator Andy Truluck said the young players would compete against peers from Australia, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, the UK, Taiwan, Singapore and the US.

“Both players have been doing well in various competitions locally under our union and we are pleased that they have been selected to represent the country in this competition,” said Truluck.

The players showed why they got the nod in the big contest by displaying their tactics at the Maccauvlei driving range this week in a bid to loosen up ahead of their departure.

And what a load of talent they boast.

It’s easy to understand why they earned themselves honours to swing on such a big stage.

“Being chosen to play in this competition is a big break and I’m looking forward to winning,” said an enthusiastic Mokoena.

“I have been training hard, especially in the putting and driving departments.”

Mokoena’s budding career has been shaped by his father, Joel, himself an amateur golfer who plays for Vereeniging’s Knights Golf Club.

“Karabo has shown much potential on the green and his future is bright. He should acquit himself well in Indonesia,” said Mokoena senior.

Mokoena junior is a member of the Ernie Els Foundation and last year won the Under-13 SA Championships at Schoemans Park Golf Club.

This year, he featured in the SA Boys Under-19 Championships in Bloemfontein, where he shot a hole in one in a par-3 hole number 11.

Meyer sounded equally optimistic, saying: “This is a big break and I want to launch my career by winning the world tournament.

“I’m determined to prove why I was chosen to play in this contest.”

He was ranked number 1 in the Under-15 category in South Africa, hence he was selected to play in Indonesia.

“He was rated number 1 in Gauteng in the Under-19 category recently. There is no doubt he will do well,” said the player’s mother, Melanie.

The golfing fraternity will be waiting with bated breath to see how the two will fare in the world event.

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