Bay teen off to international golf event

SET TO SWING: St Dominic’s Grade 11 pupil Kyle de Beer will compete at the Curro SA Junior International golf tournament, starting next week at the Durbanville Country Club in Cape Town. Picture by: Eugene Coetzee
SET TO SWING: St Dominic’s Grade 11 pupil Kyle de Beer will compete at the Curro SA Junior International golf tournament, starting next week at the Durbanville Country Club in Cape Town. Picture by: Eugene Coetzee

A GRADE 11 pupil from St Dominic’s Priory School will look to impress when he tees off at the Curro SA Junior International tournament later this month.

Kyle de Beer, 16, will go up against some of the best junior golfers in the country and the world as they battle it out to be crowned champion.

The tournament, to be held at the Durbanville Country Club in Cape Town, will take place from 10 to 12 March.

De Beer is a multi-talented sportsman as he represented the school’s under-19 cricket and soccer teams, apart from his obligations as a golfer. He won the u/19 player of the year for soccer as well as scoring the most runs for the cricket team last year.

He started playing golf at the age of four after watching his dad play, and grew to like the sport. “I enjoy the challenge of golf as one is never really on top of the game – you are always learning,” he said.

De Beer represented Eastern Province for golf at u/15, u/17 and u/19 and says it was a huge honour to have done so. “It is also a good challenge for me to go up against other top players in the province.”

De Beer is coached by Graeme Whale and has been working with him for two years.

“He is a very flamboyant, aggressive player, has a huge amount of distance, a soft touch around the greens and is learning to get better every day,” Whale said.

St Dominic’s head of sports Reg Hawkins says De Beer is a talented sportsman with levels of sportsmanship second to none.

“He brings us so much pride and joy – we are very proud of his achievements,” Hawkins added.

De Beer says he sees a future for himself in golf as he aims to make a name on the golfing scene in years to come.

“I’d like to start playing collegiate golf in America as this will provide a springboard to get onto a US golf tour one day. ”

-Amir Chetty

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