Junior Series highlights strength of SA golf
The depth of South African junior golf will be showcased when the Glacier by Sanlam Junior Series travels to Bloemfontein Golf Club this Sunday for the Elsabe Hefer Tournament.
Since early April, the leading junior series in South Africa has already travelled to the Western Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.
And this is exactly why Hefer believes South African golf has been able to produce world-class players from all corners of the country.
“The beauty of the Glacier Junior Series is that it travels nationwide. The result is that we’re not just getting top players coming out of Gauteng or just one province. Look at Bloemfontein and a professional like Jbe Kruger. We seem to be churning out great players in all parts of the country because of the solid platform of our junior golf.”
Hefer, a former touring professional and now one of the leading coaches in the country with a passion for junior golf, says she’s seen a tremendous increase in the standard of junior golf.
“The 14 and 15-year-old age group is so competitive at the moment. They’re just getting better and better at this age. But our junior golf as a whole is really strong. We’ve got so many school leagues now. As a coach I used to get a lot of children whose parents also played coming to me for lessons. Now, even parents who don’t play are bringing their kids.”
This is the seventh of 25 tournaments on this year’s Glacier Junior Series. The winners in each of the A, B and C Divisions qualify for the National Final later this year. The winner here qualifies for an all-expenses paid trip to compete against some of the world’s top juniors in the Orange Bowl Junior Invitational in America.
“That is an amazing prize. When we were juniors, such an opportunity was very rare. And if you did get the chance, then you’d have to pay your own way to get over there. It’s so important that our top juniors can get this kind of international experience as well,” said Hefer.