Aspiring golfer wins big

2018-10-16 06:02
Taahir Mallick

Taahir Mallick

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At the age of 13, Taahir Mallick from Newlands finds contentment in playing golf.

Taahir says this runs in the family as he followed in his family’s footsteps and started playing with his older brothers as soon as he could hold a club.

It is for that reason that he won his first game at the age of eight and has never looked back.

Taahir opens up about his passion after winning the B section of the recent Bridge Fund Managers Tournament held at Rondebosch Golf Club on Tuesday 2 October.

Though he knew golf was a family thing, he did try to swap it for other sport codes but could not stay away from the game for very long and he returned to golf while still in primary school.

“I have many interests including athletics, handball, soccer, reading, sudoku and chess. I represented my primary school in handball. I have done more than 250 parkruns, I wear the green milestone shirt to parkrun every Saturday [but] I enjoy golf the most and aim to become a professional golfer.”

He says the win has opened an opportunity for him at an advanced level for his age as he will now be playing in the A section which is an u.19 team.

“Winning is pleasurable, the challenge is to continually improve and I never give up. I now enter the A section where I play with the bigger boys up to age 19. This means I have to work extra hard to compete for a place in the regional finals of this great competition. I never give up.

“I get so excited when I play aand only try to think about the shot I am about to play. I still remember my first win in match play,” says Taahir.

This win comes after his achievement of representing the provincial u.13 team at a national competition in 2016 and 2017 and his goal now is to join the national team.

Taahir is inspired by the likes of Tiger Woods and he enjoyed spending time watching the recent Ryder Cup held in France, and says he says he intends to be “as good as those golfers­”.

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