November 2018

Rising star Jaydon Galant.

Taking a swing at golfing glory

By Buntu Gotywa, Independent Newspapers

He still has a long way to go, but already Jaydon Galant, 11, thinks he has what it takes to become South Africa's number one golfer.

Considering his performance since he swung his first club five years ago, the youngster from the SAGDB's programme in the Western Cape is certainly one to keep an eye on. In a relatively short while he has build a reputation as a force to be reckoned with.

He is not just out to have some fun, but to also bag a few wins and put his family name in the history books. He says the sport runs in his blood.

His father Martin is a coach for the SAGDB who never got the opportunity to turn professional, but Martin's brother Mervyn played on the Sunshine Tour.

Jayden's older brother, Tristan, 16, is one of the SAGDB's top juniors and is currently on a golf scholarship in America.

Jaydon's golf prowess saw him being named captain of the Western Province under-13 team this year. This is a responsibility he took to like a pro during the team's recent second place finish at the provincial championships in Mpumalanga.

It was his meticulous swing that saw him selected to compete with the under-13s and the golfing sensation earned the respect of his peers for his awareness on the greens.

Still years short of an age when he can turn pro, Jaydon says that this is his ultimate goal. Before then, however, he hopes to follow in the steps of his big brother and win a golf scholarship overseas, which will also benefit his education.

It has been a busy year on the golf course for the youngster as he has competed in all the junior competitions in the province while also taking part in national championships around the country. He earned a second place in Port Elizabeth and third in East London. He also placed 16th out of 76 players at the SA under-13 championships.

“I love this sport and I want to follow in the footsteps of my role model, Tiger Woods,” says Jaydon, a member of the King David Mowbray Golf Club. “I want to go pro and make a career of this sport. I practice hard, and that is why I compete with older guys. I am very happy with my performance so far.”

He and his coach, father Martin, are now looking to take his game to a junior tournament in Scotland next year to compete against some of the world's best under-13s. It will be a great chance to show his talent in the country where the game was started centuries ago.