King of the green

2015-03-15 15:00

Fresh from his stunning Africa Open Championship victory, Trevor Fisher Jr says he will dedicate his Investec Cup title defence to the memory of his dad, Trevor Fisher Sr, who died two years ago.

Fisher Sr turned professional at the ripe age of 51 and played on the Sunshine Tour before he died after a short illness.

The Investec Cup is one of the most glamorous events on the Sunshine Tour calendar. It tees off at Millvale Golf Estate in Koster, North West, on Thursday and Friday. The final two rounds will be played at the Lost City Golf Club, Sun City, in Pilanesberg, North West, on Saturday and Sunday.

“My dad, who died at the age of 58, was a late bloomer in the pro ranks and a dedicated golfer who helped nurture my talent. I would like to honour him by making a successful title defence,” said Fisher Jr.

The 35-year-old, who says his father taught him a lot about golf, is in great form and confident that he will put on a sterling performance.

Last Sunday, the player from Modderfontein in Johannesburg snatched his maiden victory on the Sunshine-European tour co-sanctioned stage by lifting the Open title at the East London Golf Club in the Eastern Cape. He carded a five-stroke victory of 24-under-par 264 and pocketed about R2?million of the tournament’s R13.8?million prize money.

Fisher Jr last year won the first two rounds of the Cup with scores of 69 and 70, following that with 67 and 68 in the last two days to be crowned champion.

He won a whopping R3.5?million. To date, he has registered 10 professional wins.

Reaching this rich form on the fairways has given Fisher Jr renewed confidence – making a second consecutive Investec Cup title a strong possibility.

“Since winning the Africa Open title, I’ve been very busy working on my swing and chipping.

“On Tuesday, I will look at the Millvale course to check whether the greens are fast or slow to suit my game there,” he explained.

Whether the player’s form will steer him to yet another win will be revealed next Sunday.

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