Greetings from Michael
Performance Training at TGSE
The performance training at TGSE is geared around developing the requisite skills for competitive high performance. Our mission statement reflects this:
– To be a hotbed of talent development.
– To train and produce winners; major winners, professional tour winners, national and provincial amateur winners, No 1 ranked players and junior national and world champions.
– To provide an environment of excellence that encourages the development of each and every student athlete to his or her full potential, both in golf performance and in preparation for life.
Our training is skills-focused, meaning that the performance of a skill is more important than aesthetics, i.e. controlling the flight of a golf ball is prioritised over the way the swing looks. The PGA and European Tours are full of successful players who may look less orthodox than Ernie Els or Adam Scott, but who get the job done and win money and tournaments. Here are some examples of the training that happens on a daily basis.
We’ve had some tremendous improvements so far this year, with the following students achieving these stroke average reductions from cycle 1 to cycle 2:
|Student:||Cycle 1||Cycle 2|
|Stroke Average||Stroke Average|
|Bradley van Biljon||80.40||75.10|
|Morne du Plessis||78.00||75.64|
|Arno van Heerden||87.00||81.60|
|Melissa van Heerden||89.17||83.90|
Last month we were privileged to host Magical Moments, a non-profit charitable organization, for a Kids Golf Day for 23 children from Tembisa. The event forms part of TGSE’s outreach programme, as well as part of the practical learning that our students benefit from. All of our 1st year PGA Diploma students helped out on the day and gained great experience from the event.
“Thank you to Michael Balderstone for hosting Magical Moments and the 23 children from The Light Day Care Centre based in Tembisa so generously and so graciously! You rock! Wow! Undoubtedly Excellence in full swing! Much gratitude to you and all your student golfers and staff! Take a bow Michael!” ~ Ilana Friedman (Chief Operating Fairy, Magical Moments)
The Perfect Shot
3 of our full-time students recently had holes in one. Congratulations to Mohit Mediratta, Mike Louth & Melissa van Heerden on the achievement.
• James Pennington won Medal #9 with 71 (-1) at Huddle Park GC on 8 June.
• James Pennington and Bradley van Biljon won Medal #10 with 71 (-1) at Royal Jhb & Kensington West Course on 10 June.
• Blain Sansom won TGSE Medal #11 with 71 (-1) at Royal Jhb & Kensington GC on 10 July.
• Aneel Kallan won TGSE Medal #12 with 75 on the coldest day of the year at Royal Jhb & Kensington GC West Course.
• Fritz Orren won the High School Junior Academy Medal #7 with 68 (-4) at Royal Jhb & Kensington West Course on 3 June.
• Tristan Brice and Fritz Orren won the High School Junior Academy Medal #8 with 75 (+3) at Huddle Park GC on 8 June.
• Tristan Brice and Adam Sheldrake won the High School Junior Academy Medal #9 with 75 (+3) at Royal Jhb & Kensington West Course on 10 June.
• Kelsey Nicholas won the High School Junior Academy Medal #10 with 71 (-1) at Royal Jhb & Kensington East Course on 19 June.
• Tristan Brice won the High School Junior Academy Term 2 36-Hole Championship #1 with scores of 71,79 (+5) at Royal Jhb & Kensington West and East Course on 24 June.
• Brendan Porter won High School Junior Academy Medal #11 with 75 (+3) at Royal Jhb & Kensington West Course on 10 July.
• Kelsey Nicholas won High School Junior Academy Medal #12 with 79 at Royal Jhb & Kensington West Course on 17 July.
• Congratulations to TGSE graduate Reinard Schuhknecht who successfully defended his World One-Arm title at Headfort Golf Club in Ireland. He beat 7-time champion, Nick Champness, 1-up on the final hole thanks to sinking an 8-foot putt. Reinard graduated from our old Pretoria branch.
• Tour Pro client Dayne Moore finished T3rd in the Sunshine Tour Big Easy Tour event at Royal Jhb & Kensington with scores of 72, 70 (-2)
• Mohit Mediratta won the Club Championship at Sigona GC in Kenya.
• James Pennington won the Nkonyeni Open in Swaziland with scores of 70,73.
• TGSE Pro client, Dayne Moore finished T12 in IGT event on 75,70,73 (+2) at Royal Jhb & Ken GC. • TGSE student Maxime Deffontaine finished T20 on +6.
• Tyrone Gibb finished T21st in the Limpopo Open at Koro Creek.
TGSE Cape Town:
• Adam Botha won TGSE Cape Town Cycle 2 72 Hole Championship with scores of 74,71,74,69 (E) at Bellville GC from 9 to 12 June.
• Chris Wicks won TGSE Cape Town Medal #5 with 72 (E) at Bellville GC on 10 July.
• TGSE Cape Town students, Chris Wicks and Adam Botha finished T5 and T8 respectively at the Kuilsriver Open on 17th July.
TGSE Junior Tour 2015
Bryanston Country Club – 29th June.
1. Cole Stevens (Nett -2; 142)
2. Carl Mwale (Nett +2; 146) Count Out
3. Kian Rose (Nett +2; 146)
1. Thompo Ndou (Nett -2; 142)
2. Kgomotso Kgopa (Nett +9; 153)
3. Allan Buttle (Nett +10; 154)
C Division (Ladies & u/13’s):
1. Amilkar Bhana (Nett -10; 132)
2. Kyle Wykes (Nett -5; 139)
3. Awethu Mkhawanazi (Nett +2; 146)
The overall gross competition was won by Cole Stevens, who produced a magical second round score of 70 (Total 146), to force himself into a playoff with Burt Gildenhuys, which he ultimately won on the first play-off hole.
Well played, Cole!
Monday, 20 July 2015