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Slabbert dreams of playing pro golf



With a second successive win in the SA Disabled Golf Open under his belt, amputee Daniel Slabbert has held on to his dream of playing on the Sunshine Tour.

Slabbert won the national disabled title by a massive 17 shots with a total score of six-over-par 222 in Langebaan on Wednesday.

"My childhood dream was to become a pro and hopefully I'll get there one day,” Slabbert said.

"I'm going to Tuks [University of Pretoria] to see if I can get onto the Sunshine Tour.

"That will happen in the next few years."

The 21-year-old had to have his left leg amputated after an accident on a trampoline when he was 14 years old.

He fell and cut his leg, severing all the major arteries and tendons above his knee, and his leg had to be amputated above the knee.

"I have dreamed of a professional golf career since I was just a young boy," he said.

"Then I had an accident that left everyone, including me, stunned.

"I thought it would be the end of my dream, but golf has a way of not giving up on you."

As a teenager, Slabbert soon turned his accident into a positive and decided to pursue his dream of playing on the professional circuit.

"After my accident, I wondered what I would do and how I would get my life going," he said.

"In sport, and in golf, it gives you that chance. Quite simply, golf saves lives.

"Three months [after the accident] I came home with a prosthetic.

"Not long after that, I dusted off my clubs and tried a few shots."

At first, Slabbert struggled to play with his new prosthetic, but he eventually got back to his best.

"It was a pretty slow process, but soon I was hitting it as well as ever.

"Being able to pick up a club and play competitive golf again not only saved my sanity, but it gave me purpose as well."

Slabbert said other disabled people had helped to turn around his mindset and attitude.

"The key to my success has been other disabled people that have helped me," he said.

"They got my confidence going and my family definitely helped in a big way."

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