November 2011

Phiwakahle shines in KZN

Phiwakahle Mkhoma is making a name for himself in KZN

Over the last few years, the SAGDB's programme in KwaZulu-Natal has produced some exciting talent. One of the most promising young players to have benefited from the dedication of the development coaches in that region is 19-year old Phiwakahle Mkhoma.

Earlier this year, Phiwakahle won the Kwazulu-Natal Toyota Under-23 Championships at Scottburgh Golf Club, which announced him as a serious contender in amateur golf events in the province. He has now followed that up with a victory at the 2011 Southern KZN Open Championships at Southbroom Golf Club.

"Phiwakahle shot magnificent rounds of 71 and 67 to win by two shots," enthuses the SAGDB development manager for KZN Joseph Kunene. "The tournament drew top players from all over the province and he has proven that he he can compete against them all, including some senior provincial players!"

By winning the 36-hole event, Phiwakahle showed that he has the game and the temperament to mix it with the best.

"This will see him moving up the rankings in the KZN u/23, KZN Country Districts and KZN open orders of merit," Kunene says. "He played so well and we believe he can now keep this up."

Phiwakahle's performance was not the only good news for the SAGDB either, as his 17-year old brother didn't finish far behind him. Phumlani Mkhoma, who is also a member of the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation, finished in a tie for third place after rounds of 72 and 70.

Other SAGDB players to impress at the event were Calvin Coelho, who came ninth thanks to rounds of 80 and 67, and 17-year olds Sphelele Mbokazi and Siyanda Mwandla who finished 26th and 29th respectively.

In all, seven SAGDB players competed at the event, with their participation funded by the KZN Golf Union.

"We would like to thank the KZN Golf Union for their continued support of golf development in the province, which started way back in 2007," Kunene says. "They put aside funds to look after current and graduated single-figure handicap SAGDB players so that they can play in all the main provincial tournaments."