EAGLE . . . albatross . . . bunker . . birdie . . . caddie . . . coloured flags . . .
A newly established after-hours golf programme is paving the way for underprivileged learners at JBay Comprehensive High School in Jeffreys Bay to compete in the sport.
Teacher and avid golf player since he was 10-years-old, Willem Cloete, first introduced the programme to learners in January this year.
Cloete, who coaches the learners and supplies them with the necessary equipment, says, “The main aim is to expose the sport of golf to learners that simply cannot afford to play the sport.
“And they are thriving, not missing one practice.”
The ten players – the maximum number of players Cloete can accommodate due to financial constraints – currently practise their swing on the rugby field.
“I am amazed at their natural talent and how quickly they master the different techniques,” says Cloete.
“It is our dream to develop our own golfing green at the school, but that costs money – something we do not have.”
According to Cloete, they are in desperate need of golfing equipment: balls, bags and golf clubs.
“It would also be wonderful if residents or businesses can sponsor a player to join the Jeffreys Bay Golf Club.”
Cloete says this will enable the learners to master the green and learn the different rules of the game from established players.
“The launch of golf at the school will no doubt produce future stars in the making and contribute to the growth in South African golf,” says Cloete. “However, the goal is not just to produce golfing champions, but rather to assist learners in becoming well-rounded, well-educated leaders of tomorrow – whether they are on or off the golf course.
“I believe that golf is the ultimate life tool, teaching our learners self-discipline, etiquette and patience.”
For more information, contact Willem Cloete at 060 829 5561.