Zethu Myeki, Randpark Club member and ranked third in South Africa, says it all started on a soccer field in East London. Fourteen years old and walking home from school one day, Zethu saw a few girls hitting golf balls on a soccer field and claims that it was love at first sight.
She says that her favourite thing about playing golf is how disciplined and humble it keeps you. She also says that it is not always easy, but it is a learning process and she enjoys the character building.
“One of the more difficult things about playing golf is working so hard and thinking you are going to play well because you have worked hard, and sometimes it just doesn’t go your way”.
“When I started I always thought it is about being physically fit and watching what you eat.” says Myeki, “and that is important, but being mentally fit is just as important if not more.”
Zethu recently won the Kwa-Zulu Natal Championship Matchplay, following her win at the Mpumalanga Open in November last year and her win at the Eastern Province Championship in February. Her upcoming competitions include the Free State Championship held in Bethlehem and the Sanlam South African Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship held in Port Elizabeth, both in April.
Myeki’s goal for this year is to win at least three more tournaments, with an ultimate goal of ranking first in South Africa. She is currently completing her degree in Golf Club Management through the Club Managers Association of America, and is focusing on her studies before thinking about turning pro.
“You always need a back-up plan, and with golf you never know what might happen. I am enjoying my amateur status at the moment and just want to make sure I get my degree”.
Zethu had one tip for aspiring golfers, “You have got to be a good listener and allow people to help you. Don’t think you know it all. You never know what you might be missing”.