One of the great South African golfing experiences is to have a round of golf at the Montagu course at Fancourt. The setting, the challenge, the walk, the layout and the condition sets it apart from most courses and the Southern Cape junior golfers were privileged to play this wonderful course on Sunday. The weather conditions were perfect and for one KeNako student it was perhaps the start of a wonderful summer and the next step up the ladder in his young golfing life.
Cameron Moralee enrolled at KeNako in January 2012 with a pretty good game, a lot of focus, enthusiasm and a single mindedness which are all necessary to achieve at the highest level in sport. It was a big move for a 14 year old boy but he settled into the program fairly quickly and his results over the past few months have shown how the total KeNako program has benefitted his game. The physical program under the guidance of Jan Fourie, KeNako’s resident Biokineticist, has strengthened Cameron’s golfing muscles providing him with more stability and speed. Add to this improvements in his golf technique, along with similar development in his mental skills and a better understanding about scoring and things are really starting to happen for Cameron. He has shown steady improvement in all aspects of his game and this has led to consistently good performances.
On Sunday Cameron produced his best result to date when he won the Southern Cape Junior Foundation Tournament. His peers have been expecting a win from this very talented golfer but it was the way that he won that had everyone talking about him. Those of you who have played the Montagu course will know the intimidating approach over water to the 18th green. Cameron arrived at the 18th Tee level with one of his playing partners, with both boys being 2 under par. Cameron’s playing partner had to lay up short of the water and Cameron then had to wait for the green to clear. Despite the wait and the pressure of the occasion, Cameron hit a wonderful second shot to 8 foot. After Jack Duthie had hit a good pitch shot and then holed his putt for birdie Cameron calmly rolled in his putt for eagle to win by a shot. Cameron’s 68 is the best competitive round that he has played to date but it will not be long before he improves on this score.
Garen Niemand – another KeNako student – played very well on the back nine and scored a 32 to go with his front nine 39 to finish in 3rd position with a one under par 71. He tied with local Fancourt resident Thomas Watson.
The Southern Cape Junior Championships were played a few weeks ago and the top 16 finishers qualified to play in the Matchplay event. KeNako’s Garen Niemand won this title in 2011. On Sunday several KeNako boys played their Knock Out matches, with Cameron Moralee, Garen Niemand, Aidan Boon and Caylum Boon all winning their matches and moving through to the quarter finals (last 8).
It was wonderful to see the standard of golf on a very challenging course and it goes to show that junior golf is alive and well in the Southern Cape with the 14, 15 and 16 year olds providing strength in depth.
Congratulations Cameron on a fine win.
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