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Cara Ford hitting the right notes on the golf course
AUGUST of course is Women’s Month and, fittingly, Randpark has been churning out champion female golfers by way of celebration as it were. The club is clearly a perfect breeding ground for par-busting young women who are making an impact at provincial and indeed national level.
Kajal Mistry is, after all, the current South African strokeplay and matchplay champion, and sweet-swinging and fast improving Zethu Myeki is ranked No 3 in the country and we have featured both these gifted Randpark players in our newsletters in recent weeks. And now we focus on talented 18-year-old Cara Ford who is also nationally ranked, at junior level, and in July finished fifth in the Nomads SA Girls Championships at Orkney Golf Club.
She is currently in her Matric year at the Curro Aurora School in Sandown, so she hasn’t been able to play as much golf as she would have liked in 2019 because of her studies. But she’s definitely one for the future and, like Kajal and Zethu, has a goal of one day turning professional.
“I started golf when I was five years old and both my parents played and were very passionate about the game so it was natural that I too should get into it,” says Cara who before moving clubs to Randpark was a member at Ruimsig where she won the club championship, a feat she has repeated here at Randpark where she is coached by Darren Witter.
Her best round to date is a 68 and one of her proudest moments was hitting a monster 351-metre drive at Pecanwood. “Driving is one of my strong points,” she explains, “along with my putting.”
Cara doesn’t only excel at golf, though. She swims well and is also an athlete of note and a multiple Victrix Ludorum winner at school, excelling in sprinting – especially over 100 metres – and was named junior short distance athlete of the year. She says she gets her ability to run like the wind from her mother Valda who was a middle distance star in her day, representing Western Province at 400m, 800m and 1500m.
Cara is planning a gap year next year in order to concentrate on her golf and then hopes to attend the University of Malaga in 2021. “It’s Spain’s top golf university and I also love Spanish and am learning the language so it’ll be the perfect fit for me.
She loves music – House, R&B and Hip Hop among her favourite genres. “Music is the gateway to the soul,” explains this teenager who, clearly, is also hitting the right notes on the golf course and the athletics track.
So that’s Cara Ford. Quite a girl, don’t you think? Yet another Randpark Women’s Month birdie queen.
By Grant Winter
Image : Credit – GolfRSA