April 2016

Zethu part of South Africa's 12th AACT victory

Zethu Myeki (centre) with her South African teammates Ivanna Samu and Kaleigh Telfer

SAGDB graduate Zethu Myeki was part of the South African team that collected an unprecedented 12th victory for the country in the 13th edition of the All-Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT) in Hammemet, Tunisia this month.

Zethu played in a dominant trio together with Ivanna Samu and Kaleigh Telfer.

The South African team triumphed on 10 over par 442, finishing 28 shots clear of Morocco while the host country took third on 485.

Although Zethu did not perform to her own high standards at the event, her by her delight at the opportunity to compete on an international platform wiped out her disappointment on her debut performance in the green and gold.

"It was such an honour for me to be selected to represent South Africa," said the Border amateur.

"Although I didn't play as well as I had hoped, I did make some birdies and a couple of great up-and-downs to save par. I enjoyed every minute of this experience and I am really thankful that Womens Golf South Africa gave me the opportunity to be part of the team.

"It was an awesome experience to play in the AACT and to meet so many great golfers from other countries and I wouldn't exchange the experience for anything. Well done to Ivanna and Kaleigh for flying the flag for South Africa and for guiding me. In any sport, you have your good days and the bad ones. You have to accept the bad ones, go back to the drawing board and practice. I am going to take all the experience I gained here home with me and get working."

Womens Golf South Africa President Karen Olivant said the team are a credit to South African women's golf.

"I am very proud of the team's achievement," Olivant said.

"They were wonderful ambassadors for South Africa, they behaved impeccably and played really well considering the weather, which was really not very kind."

SAGDB managing director Grant Hepburn said that it was a great moment for the development programme to have one of their own earn her colours for South Africa. Zethu is the first woman out of the SAGDB to put on the green and gold and her achievements will no doubt inspire many others to follow in her footsteps.

"We are incredibly proud of her," Hepburn said. "She has worked so hard with her coach, Michelle de Vries, and deserves every bit of her success.

"It's also extremely gratifying for us to see that our programme works and is able to produce golfers capable of competing at the highest level. She is a testament to what can be achieved through what we have put in place."