SHOOTING a two-under-par 70 off the white tee-boxes on Firethorn is no small achievement for any golfer. But when you’re just 14 years old, well, it’s pretty sensational.
And that’s the score Grant Labuschagne – yes, he’s only 14 – posted last weekend in the first round of the Randpark Junior Club Championships on his way to lifting the title. He followed up the 70 with a 76 on Bushwillow for a 146 aggregate to win by six from Johan Bredenkamp.
“I got into golf after watching my dad Trevor who’s not a bad golfer himself. Now it’s pretty much the only sport I play, apart from a bit of tennis for fun,” says Grant who attends the Michael Balderstone Sports Institute where he is schooled and coached golf.
He’s no stranger to success on the fairways, though, and in the 2019 Nomads Under-13 SA Championships over 54 holes at Devonvale in the Western Cape he came second overall with rounds of 72, a brilliant 67 and a 75 for a two-under-par 214 total.
“That 67 has been my lowest round to date although the 70 in the Junior Club Champs is my best here at Randpark,” adds the talented teen who lists two of his golfing highlights so far being a hole-in-one at Emfuleni and “slam-dunking” a par-4 for an eagle two at Houghton.
Grant, whose course handicap at Firethorn is two and at Bushwillow one, has represented Central Gauteng at age-group level. And his ability to post par-busting rounds has him dreaming of one day turning professional. “My goal is to play on the PGA tours in Europe and America and make it to the Masters at Augusta National,” says the long-hitting youngster.
Chasing a dream, of course, is what future champions need to do. Ever since South Africa’s own Trevor Immelman was just five years old he set his sights on becoming a world champion and that’s exactly what happened. He did get to Augusta National and the Masters. And, as we all know, he came away with a Green Jacket.
So, Grant, we at Randpark are right behind you. Like Trevor Immelman, may your golfing dreams come true. And in the meantime, well done for winning the Junior Club Championship.
Written by Randpark member Grant Winter.