A DECISION to switch from rugby to golf is paying dividends for a teenage Port Elizabeth golfer who is one of 29 budding golfers who will attend the Ernie Els Golf Academy next year.
Nyameko Heshu, 15, of Parsons Hill, is the only new member from Nelson Mandela Bay to have won a place at the academy at Fancourt, George.
“I feel very special to be accepted at the academy and I am sure this will make me to want to improve my game even more.
“I feel really good about this and I will use it to my advantage. I want to set an example to other young stars,” Nyameko said.
The Grade 9 Grey High School pupil said he was shocked and privileged at the opportunity.
His coach Graeme Whale, of the Port Elizabeth Golf Club, said Nyameko’s attitude and dedication was always going to make him a good golfer.
“It took me two years to convince and convert him to golf, but eventually he agreed and I saw how much he wanted to play the game.
“He kept on nagging and nagging for more play and at that moment his attitude and enthusiasm won me over,” Whale said.
Nyameko dreams of one day playing alongside some of the big names in the game.
“I would love to play alongside Ernie Els [former world No1] and Rory McIlroy [current world No1].
The academy starts on January 1 and runs for 12 months. Nyameko will have a chance to meet his hero, Els.
His proud father, Mpho Heshu, said: “He is playing good golf, but he should not forget his studies. He studies for two or three hours then takes a break at the golf course. That’s our routine,” Heshu said.
Nyameko is determined to reach the South African Juniors.
“From now until I am 18, my focus is to play well and, hopefully, to play for SA Juniors and to dominate them,” he said.