Roger Wessels shares some Ryder Cup Observations, More Success at KeNako and a Warm Welcome!

A wonderful win for the European Ryder Cup this past weekend.  How this fantastic event has grown!  As with most events and happenings in life, the Ryder Cup has experienced a few hiccups along its journey, but today it truly embodies everything that is wonderful about the great game of golf.  Passion, skill, pride, competitiveness, a will to win and magnificent sportsmanship are integral to the Ryder Cup. Indeed, the Ryder Cup sets a fine example amongst all sporting events. Golf by its nature is tailor-made for the individual – one can’t point fingers at a team mate for a poor performance but rather one needs to take an introspective look at oneself.  In spite of the individual nature and star status of the players, the captain of recent European teams has managed to gel his players into a formidable team where they play for each other. The outcome of this great attitude and spirit is the remarkable success that the European team has achieved in the last 20 years.

Closer to home the KeNako students have produced a few very good performances of late. Young Franklin Manchest became the first KeNako student to qualify for the Glacier Finals for a second time when he won the recent Glacier tournament in a playoff against Alex van Wyk at Mossel Bay. KeNako students Cameron Moralee, Jabulane Mabilane, Julien Sale and Eric Park represented Kingswood Golf Estate in the Louis Oosthuizen Junior Club Teams Championships where they finished in a creditable second place. Jade Buitendag is on KeNako’s school leaver program and has returned from playing for the Southern Cape in the IPT where, against very stiff competition, the team finished 3rd and retained their A Division status. Well done to you all.

October 6th to 8th is the Heptangular which will be held at the Kingswood Golf Estate. KeNako students Aidan and Caylum Boon, Cameron Moralee and Franklin Manchest will represent Southern Cape in the U19 team while Reinhardt Claassen’s continued progress earned him selection for the U17 team. Congratulations guys and play well.

KeNako would like to welcome Swiss National David Morand to the Academy. David is from the delightful mountain town of Crans Montana where they host the annual Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre on the European Tour. I personally had the pleasure of playing in the Omega European Masters on several occasions and it brings back many wonderful memories. David will be attending KeNako Academy until July 2015 with the intention of improving his golf skills and his physical fitness in order to meet the goals he has set for himself.  Besides improving his golf related skills, French speaking David is also on an English program whilst at KeNako. We hope that you have a thoroughly enjoyable stay at KeNako Academy David!