Greetings from Michael
Every year we provide the opportunity for some of our PGA Diploma students to travel over to USA for some invaluable coaching experience. This year Andrew Lamont and Ginger Delacretaz worked at the Julian Krinsky School of Golf in Philadelphia for 8 weeks, along with two of last year’s graduates Tumie Motale and Brandon Ferreira. Christopher de Beer was also chosen as a coach at the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Chris’ opportunity arose as a result of our involvement with Special Olympics each year, as our students have the privilege of coaching the athletes for the SA National Championship. Christopher did such a dedicated job in those sessions for two years that he was chosen for this experience. Here is some feedback from him and below that from Ginger on her experience in Philadelphia;
Special Olympics is an organization built up on one word for me; BELIEF…and that’s exactly what I saw and felt at the games this past summer in Los Angeles. For the first 3 days we were paraded by local towns, it was an amazing experience and words cannot describe the feeling of how welcomed we felt and the sense of pride we had. The athletes enjoyed every second of it.
The opening ceremony was held at the famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which hosted the Olympics Games in 1932 and 1984. This was one of the highlights of our trip. The stands were filled with over 85 000 people and the electricity in the coliseum was amazing. As we made our way into the coliseum as Team South Africa we sang Shosholoza and danced our way into our seats, in typical and unique South African style. It was awesome. At the end of our competition, we had took home 8 medals out of our 9 athletes.
I am extremely proud of my athletes, and I say my athletes because on this trip I have made a connection with these athletes that I will never forget. I tried to teach my athletes as much as I could and I tried to keep them motivated and excited. Despite all of this..I have learnt more from them than they have from me. And I will cherish this experience for the rest of my life. That is why I say that only one word describes Special Olympics and that is the BELIEF that you can do anything you set your mind to, it does not matter if you are able or not able bodied. ~ Christopher de Beer
America was for me one of my biggest dreams that came true. I had the immense pleasure to work there as a golf coach for 2 months. I worked in Philadelphia, at the Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs, which is a great business of camps for kids and teenagers for the summer. Kids and teenagers came from everywhere around the area and even from abroad to spend a week or more playing golf. I had the great pleasure coaching and sharing with them my passion and love for the game. It was a real satisfaction to see kids have fun and understand the game. There was no better feeling to see them happy, knowing that I contributed to that. In those two months I met incredible people and created a lot of friends. The whole team of golf coaches was like a family and we were all helping each other when needed. What made it a success is the motivation and collaboration of each and every one, every single day. The kids were excited to see us every morning and left with a huge smile on their face and that was our main aim and satisfaction. We visited and coached on a different course every day of the week and all of them were in great conditions and beautiful. I had the chance to play a few of them and each round was definitely a real blast!
I had the chance to meet people from all around the world. New Zealand, Scotland, America, and so much more. I really lived an American dream. I would recommend to everyone and will definitely try my best to go back again. I would never be able to thank Michael Balderstone and Steve Robertson enough for giving me this opportunity. As someone coming from such a small island of Mauritius, I realised how big the world is and it definitely gave me the taste of travelling. ~ Ginger Delacretaz
We’re delighted to announce that Murray Smit (pictured left) and Herman Vorster (pictured right) have joined the TGSE Coaching Team at Huddle Park. Both are fully qualified PGA Professionals, having graduated from TGSE’s PGA Diploma programme, and are two of the best young coaches in South Africa. Herman has been coaching at Potchefstrom GC since graduating in 2011, where he built a solid reputation with elite junior golfers in the area.
Murray has been competing on the IGT Pro Tour since graduating in 2012. He is now using his own competitive experience and training history in his coaching, with a focus on skills-based training. Both are available for private lessons, with various packages and elite training programmes available. Contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for information.
TGSE in Africa
As part of our commitment to growing the game of golf across Africa, TGSE coaches Karl Hassler and Herman Vorster recently spent some time in Zambia training their national teams as well as doing some development work with junior golfers.
The coaching trip, in association with the Zambian Golf Union and the R & A, spread across Zambia’s three main towns Lusaka, Kitwe and Mazabuka.
Karl Hassler noted; “It was fantastic to see the physical, technical and mental growth of many of these players that we have been so fortunate to work with on previous trips, there really are some young stars here in Zambia.”
One of the key elements of TGSE’s full-time programmes is the tournament experience that we provide, in the form of weekly strokeplay medals and regular 36-hole and 72-hole championships on great golf courses. This creates the environment for valuable learning to take place under tournament conditions.
Congratulations to the following recent winners.
College & Academy Winners:
High School Junior Academy Winners:
• TGSE PGA Diploma student Maxime Deffontaine finished T25 in IGT event on 71,78,72 (+5) at Wingate GC.
• TGSE PGA Diploma student Chris de Beer finished T12 in IGT event on 75,72,76 (+7) at Royal Jhb & Ken GC. Maxime Deffontaine finished T19 and Keaton Slatter finished T25.
• Well done to PGA Diploma student Mohit Mediratta on finishing 19th in the strokeplay event of the KZN Amateur Championship at Selbourne CC with scores of 70,77 and finished T5th by reaching the quarter-finals of the matchplay championship. Tyrone Gibb on finished T25th in the strokeplay with scores of 71,77 event and T17th reaching the round of 16 in the matchplay.
• Well Done to PGA Diploma student James Pennington on finishing 8th with scores of 74,68,74 at the Nyanda General Professional Event at Royal Swazi and finishing 2nd with scores of 73,70 at the Mananga Open at Mananga GC in Swaziland.
• High School Junior Academy student Kelsey Nicholas finished T9 with scores of 80,74,81 at the Ladies Southern Cape Championship at George GC.
• Well Done to PGA Diploma student Danus Kruger on winning the Kakamas Open at Kakamas Golf Club in the Northern Cape with scores of 74,73 +3.
• Well done to PGA Diploma student James Pennington on a T50 finish in The King’s Cup Big Easy Tour event at Royal Swazi GC.
• Well done to PGA Diploma student Tyrone Gibb on finishing T21 with scores of 75,68,71 in the Mpumalanga Open at Walker Park GC.
TGSE Cape Town
We recently received some great feedback from parents on our PGA Diploma programme;
“Hi Paul, Excellent report, we are very pleased Scotty has stepped up and is performing to his potential, we are all very happy and proud of his efforts and dedication to improve and attain new heights in golf achievement. Thanks for your “tough love” policy Paul, it has got the young man truly focused. Many thanks to you and your academy coaches and staff Mr MacKenzie.” ~ Tony and Liz Davey. (Scott’s parents)
“Good morning Paul, Thank you so much for the report which I have received and printed. I must say, I’m impressed – an improvement on the last one. Thanks too to you and the rest of your staff of your dedication.” ~ Lynette Speelman
“Thanks Paul, I know Matthew really enjoys the people and the environment at the academy. He’s hurting because of his dip in performance but I know how determined he is and he will get back up. Thanks as always for your involvement and encouragement.” ~ Jimmy Kilfoil
• Jean-Pierre Meyer won TGSE Cape Town Medal #6 with 75 (+3) at Bellville GC on 20 July.
• Chris Wicks won TGSE Cape Town Medal #7 with 70 (-2) at Bellville GC on 24 July.
• Adam Botha won TGSE Cape Town Medal #8 with 73 (+1) at Bellville GC on 31 July.
• Ethan Joseph won TGSE Cape Town Medal #9 with 72 (E) at Bellville GC on 7 August.
• Jean-Pierre Meyer & Tara Griebenow won TGSE Cape Town Medal #10 with 72 (E) at Bellville GC on 14 August.
• Matthew Speelman won TGSE Cape Town Medal #11 with 69 (-1) at Metropolitan GC on 28 August.
• Chris Wicks won TGSE Cycle 3 72 Hole Championship with scores of 76,71,73,66 (-2) at Bellville GC from 18 to 21 August.
Paul Mackenzie and the TGSE Cape Town Team
TGSE Junior Tour 2015
The TGSE Junior Tour is a series of tournaments for junior golfers that we run in association with Central Gauteng Golf Union (in Gauteng), TGSE Cape Town and our sponsors Srixon/Cleveland and Puma. Great prizes are on offer for each event at some of the best courses in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The winner of the order of merit in both regions receives a full 1-year bursary at TGSE, an equipment sponsorship from Srixon/Cleveland and a clothing sponsorship from Puma.
Congratulations to our recent winners:
1 October 2015