Madibaz star Kyle de Beer believes some changes he made to his game helped to earn him a share of the PE Open last week when the tournament was eventually halted by bad light.
Involved in a play-off at Port Elizabeth Golf Club with Naldo Claassen and Hando Brophy, the KPMG Madibaz club player was declared a joint-winner with the latter after they both birdied the second play-off hole. Claassen had earlier dropped out.
De Beer, who shot 70 and 68 to end with a share the lead, said his performance was a big confidence-booster for him.
“I have been putting in a lot of hard work lately and I’m glad it’s showing some signs of paying off,” he said.
The second-year Madibaz human movement science student said he felt his game had improved in the last year.
“I feel that a change I made to my putting at the beginning of the year has helped me become a more solid putter, which I never was before.
“I have also worked a lot on my chipping, which was my biggest weakness previously.”
As he continues to develop his game, De Beer said he felt he would need to improve his wedge-play and chipping to move to the next level.
His focus now, though, is on the World University Golf Championship in the Philippines, where he will be up against the best student golfers in the world. The tournament started today.
“I am very excited about attending the championships,” said De Beer.
“On paper, we have a pretty strong side so I think we are capable of competing for the top spots.”