JOHANNESBURG (29 June 2014) – Rising star Karabo Mokoena will be gunning for back-to-back victories when he leads the field in the TGSE Junior Tour at Glenvista Golf Club on Monday.
The 16-year-old Maccauvlei Country Club golfer carded a four-under-par 68 at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club’s East Course to claim a four stroke victory in the first event of the newly launched junior golf tour last month.
Mokoena also tied for 17th in the South African Golf Association’s Coastal Nomads Order of Merit event at St Francis Links in early May.
He hopes to carry his good form of late to another podium finish in Glenanda Valley.
“I would really like to strengthen my position at the top of the Order of Merit,” Mokoena said.
“The Golf School of Excellence has fixed some excellent prizes for the Order of Merit winner. It’s always great to have an incentive to play for and everyone will want to get their hands on the prizes.
“If I can get another solid finish at Glenvista, I’ll give myself a great chance to win.”
In addition to a full one-year bursary at The Golf School of Excellence (TGSE), Cleveland is putting up a one-year equipment sponsorship, while Puma will sponsor the winner with clothing for a year.
Although the young gun is riding a wave of confidence, Mokoena takes nothing for granted.
“I expect to come under fire at Glenvista,” he said. “I think Fritz (Orren), who was the runner-up at RJK, could be a big threat, but there are a number of guys to watch out for. I’ll just focus on what I can control out there and hope it is good enough.”
Founder Michael Balderstone said TGSE has been supporting junior golf through sponsorship for many years, but felt it was time to step up their involvement in junior golf development.
“TGSE has been involved with junior golf for years through our association with the Central Gauteng Golf Union and sponsored many events, including the prestigious Silver Vase,” Balderstone said.
“However, the only way juniors truly gain experience and put what they learn into practice is at tournament level and that is why we decided to provide the juniors with an additional competitive platform through the TGSE Junior Tour. It is very exciting for TGSE to play a part in the development of our country’s future champions.”
The TGSE Junior Tour tournaments are played over 18 holes and entry is limited to golfers with an official SAGA handicap of 18 or better.
“The Gauteng leg comprises of nine events from May to October and we are launching the Western Province leg with four events, starting in July,” said TGSE Junior Tour coordinator, Karl Hassler.
“The Gauteng events will be played at country’s top golf courses, including Houghton, Huddle Park, Bryanston, Kyalami, Killarney, Modderfontein and Randpark in Gauteng. The Western Province courses will include Stellenbosch, King David, Durbanville and Devonvale.”
Source: Lali Stander