Fletcher selected as SuperSport star

2012-09-25 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG Girls’ High School’s budding golfer, Michaela Fletcher (16), has been selected as the SuperSport Let’s Play Star for the Month of August.

The +1 handicap golfer has represented the KwaZulu-Natal women’s A golf team at both interprovincials and received her South African junior golf colours last year when she participated in the 2011 Girls’ British Open Amateur in Scotland.

This year has seen Fletcher win the Nomads South African Girls’ Championship and she is currently the strokeplay and matchplay champion of Maritzburg Golf Club.

The Grade 11 pupil said that all her time is taken up by school, homework and golf. “I hardly have any free time, but when I do, I like to chill with my friends or go to the movies,” she said.

Her golfing career began when she was 13 when she followed in her older sister’s footsteps because golf is a family sport.

Fletcher said that once she started playing there was no turning back because she loves the sport. “I like the atmosphere of the sport. There’s so much camaraderie and you get to make so many friends,” she said.

Fletcher said that golf is not very popular among females in KwaZulu-Natal and when she first started playing, she used to train with the boys at Maritzburg College.

She said she entered Let’s Play on the insistence of her older sister and never thought that she would be the winner.

“Who would have thought I would win! But I am glad I did because I feel that this will help me promote the sport in Pietermaritzburg and hopefully more girls will take it up,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher recently left for Scotland to participate in The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy. She plans to pursue her golfing career professionally and hopes to obtain a full golf scholarship to study in the United States after she matriculates.

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