NMMU student Kyle de Beer won his first golf title in the senior ranks when he took the honours in the Eastern Province-Border Strokeplay title at the Fish River Sun this weekend.
The first-year human movement science student finished on an overall total of 211 after coming from one behind overnight leader Naldo Claassen to win with a four-under-par 68 on Sunday.
He edged Greg McKay from Mount Edgecombe in KwaZulu-Natal by one shot, while Claassen and another Port Elizabeth player, Allan Lones, were tied for third.
Going into the tournament with some new clubs in his bag, the 18-year-old KPMG Madibaz Golf Club member said he was pleased with the victory.
“I wasn’t expecting too much, but it was nice to get my first senior win,” he said.
He will next be competing in the Western Province Amateur in Cape Town in the last week of April.
Last month, De Beer turned out for a South African Junior team in a triangular tournament at Houghton Golf Club in Johannesburg against a Scotland side and an SA Golf Development Board outfit.
The Madibaz star had two wins and a half in three of his matches, losing only in the foursomes encounter on the final hole against Scotland.
In the singles matches against Scotland, De Beer was the only South African player not to lose.
Having attended St Dominic’s Priory in PE, De Beer showed his sporting versatility by also earning provincial colours in cricket and soccer.
His earliest memories of golf are playing with a set of plastic clubs with his father, Dean, when he was about three.
Not surprisingly, he looks up to the best golfer South Africa has produced, Gary Player, as his role model.
However, he acknowledged those closer to home, too, for the impact they had made.
“All my coaches played major roles in the other sports I played, but in golf, my coach Graeme Whale and my dad have been the biggest influences.”