SA golf prodigy impresses at Kids Australian Open

Simthandile Tshabalala (Twitter)
Simthandile Tshabalala (Twitter)

Cape Town - South Africa's golf prodigy Simthandile Tshabalala ended the 2019 Australian Open at the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort with a top-5 finish on Sunday.

Tshabalala, who played in the Boys under-7 category, carded 39 and 38 to finish on 77, 5-over par and in fourth place.

The seven-year-old represented his country in the US Kids Golf Partner Championship tournament, which was played over two rounds of 9 holes each.

Australian Jay Deoskar won the title after posting 35 and 32 to finish on 5-under, 67.

Known as 'Sim Tiger', Tshabalala struggled to make his trip Down Under following an issue in obtaining his visa.

His father took to Twitter pleading for help and his post caught the attention of South Africa's Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa and was resolved shortly thereafter.

Meanwhile, South Africa's very own Fabrizio de Abreu won the Boys 13-14 division, signing cards of 71 and 77 to win at 4-over, 148.

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