Madibaz golfer Kyle de Beer won the Border Strokeplay golf title in East London at the weekend to move to No 4 in the national amateur rankings.
A member of the KPMG Madibaz Golf Club team, the 21-year-old De Beer shot a remarkable total of 21-under-par 198 at the East London Golf Club.
He had rounds of 65, 69 and 64 to win by seven shots over top-ranked South African amateur Jayden Schaper and Dean Martin.
De Beer, in his third year of a human movement science degree, is aiming for the No 1 spot on the national rankings.
“The next event is the Southern Cape Open at Knysna Golf Club from August 16 to 18 and that will be followed immediately by the KZN Amateur from August 23 to 25,” he said.
“Following that I will be playing in a number of amateur events around the country in pursuit of my goal.”
While he is committed to improving his golf, De Beer is also managing the demands of an academic career.
“Yes, it has been a balancing act between my golf and my studies but over the last two years I have worked out how to manage that,” he said.
“The main thing for me is to plan my day ahead. I always know what lectures I have so I structure my golf practices around that.
“Once I am done with that I use the time in the evening to complete any assignments and studies that I have.”
De Beer listed a number of highlights for 2019.
“Shooting 62 in the EP-Border Strokeplay and winning the tournament in April was up there, as was coming fifth at the Brabazon Trophy in England in June.
“The experience of playing overseas was amazing and I believe I learned some valuable lessons from the trip.”
He also paid tribute to a number of parties who have mentored him during his career.
“I would just like to thank the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation and my coach Graeme Whale, from PEGC, for their incredible support and the help they provide me,” he said.