Meet the future Tiger Woods of Mzansi

2014-07-13 15:00

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Nine-year-old amateur golfer Rorisang Nkosi is fast swinging his way to becoming the country’s future Tiger Woods.

Rorisang, a Grade 3 Peacanwood College pupil who hails from Hartebeespoort, North West, stunned the South African junior golf fraternity two weeks ago with a great performance that many adult golfers could not match.

The youngster competed in the Sanlam Glacier Junior Series tournament at the Els Club Copperleaf in Centurion. The designer course ranks as one of the country’s longest and most difficult on the European Tour. The venue is also renowned for hosting the annual Tshwane Open.

But guess what? Rorisang showed his prowess and displayed his vast talent on the meandering fairways by outplaying his more experienced seniors there.

During registration before tee off, Rorisang, who was accompanied by his dad Sizwe, informed tournament officials his handicap had changed from 21 to 18. This meant the boy would have to be moved from the C to B division in the competition.

Despite his young age, he was allowed to play off the men’s tee instead of in his age group. He outclassed his elders by carding 67, meaning he shot a score of 5-under – a brilliant feat for anyone on such a tricky course.

Rorisang told City Press this week that his dream was to become a professional golfer.

“My wish is to win more competitions locally and play overseas. I’d like to play off a single handicap very soon. Who knows, I might end up playing alongside Tiger Woods one of these days. I would like to play just like him,” he said.

Nkosi senior, a 10-handicapper himself who was outclassed by his son during the tournament, is full of praise for his charge.

“He is more focused on his game. What I like about him is that he is accurate on the fairways and the putting green, even though he doesn’t hit the ball so far because of his age.

“He has a bright future,” boasted his father.

He said his son was scheduled to compete at an international junior tournament at Pinehurst No 8, North Carolina, in September, but the youngster would not make the trip due to financial constraints.

“Look, I’m supposed to raise about R80?000 which will cover the flight and accommodation only. He will make it some other time. Time is not on his side for now,” said Nkosi senior who, together with his son, are members of Peacanwood Golf and Country Club.

Rorisang finished second in the Junior Africa Challenge at Zebula Country Club in Bela-Bela, Limpopo, last year.

“He was only eight then and got a green ticket to play in the Kids Golf World Championship in Malaysia, but we could not get there.”

With such rich form on the green at this young age, who knows what the future holds for Nkosi on the golf course.

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