Van der Merwe’s KZN win the boost he needs in bid to turn pro

2010-07-31 00:00

CHRISTIAAN van der Merwe’s recent win in the KZN Closed Golf Championships at San Lameer may be the upshot his season needs, the Maritzburg-born talent told the Weekend Witness this week.

Van der Merwe’s three-shot win in the 72-hole event last Sunday was one borne out of patience, on the notoriously tricky south coast layout.

“On a course like that, you know that you will eventually get caught out, so I just did my best to stay calm out there,” he enthused.

The watery grave that is the back nine at San Lameer dashed many hopes, but the soon to be Prince’s Grant member held his nerve and relied heavily on a very hot putter.

“My short game was unbelievable all weekend, and I really nailed some good pressure putts,” he reflected.

The former Maritzburg College pupil, who used to play his golf at Victoria Country Club, has a busy schedule as he builds up to his end-of-year goal of attempting to turn professional.

As a major part of last year’s triumphant KZN team that won the SA Interprovincial championships at Durban Country Club, “Van der” is again part of the team that will defend their crown in Pretoria in September.

The team left yesterday to spend some time acclimatising in SA’s capital, and with only one change to last year’s winning combination, the prospects are good.

Daniel Greene’s excellent start to professional golf has opened up a slot, but the other seven are the same who did excellent duty last year.

“The team did very well last year, and the trip will hopefully help us to get that same team spirit going again,” said Van der Merwe.

With the likes of SA cap Jared Harvey and Michael Hollick in tow, the KZN outfit will take some shifting in Pretoria.

Van der Merwe, who has had an admittedly quiet year to this point, said that it is good to be back in the winner’s circle.

“It’s been a slow year, so it’s obviously a great feeling to get a win under my belt.”

But the ultimate goal for 2010 is definitely a successful “our school” and Van der Merwe is busying himself with tying up a few loose ends before the November showdown.

“It’s obviously a massive part of the year, so there are a few things that I am just sorting out to make sure that I am in the best possible shape for the end of the year.”

With Greene’s glowing example serving as inspiration, Van der Merwe has his sights firmly set on becoming Maritzburg golf’s next success story.

 

KZN Team for the SA Interprovincial Championships­: Ryan de Beer (captain), Jared Harvey, Steven­ van Heerden, Gavin Sole, David Brown, Michael Hollick, Derek Scullard and Christiaan­ van der Merwe.

 

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