UP-AND-COMING young Nelson Mandela Bay golfer Jamie-Lee Daniels, 9, is eager to meet international ace Tiger Woods.
Jamie-Lee, who was the youngest golfer at the Nedbank Eastern Cape women‘s amateur competition held at the Humewood course yesterday, was playing in Group C because she has a 27 handicap. Her sister Kim, 13, was playing in Group A because she has a six handicap.
“I want to ask Tiger to teach me a few golf tricks”, said the Uitenhage girl, who is following in her sister‘s footsteps.
“I also want to win a golf scholarship like my sister Kim and study at a private school like Glenwood in George, where she is. After I‘m finished with my matric I will want another scholarship so that I can study overseas, but I‘m not sure what I want to do.”
The Riebeek College, Uitenhage, Grade 4 pupil says she was born with golf. “I used to go with my father and sister when they went to practise, but I started playing golf at the age of four at the Uitenhage Golf Club, which is near our house.”
Though she doesn‘t remember her first day, Jamie-Lee now plays for the Eastern Province under-12 boys‘ team because there is no girls‘ team.
Last year she took part in the BJGF inter-provincial golf tournament.
Kim won the SA under-18 Rose Bowl tournament in Bloemfontein in November, which earned her an Ernie Els scholarship to Glenwood. Both girls have attended several national and provincial tournaments, giving them a lot of exposure to the sport.
Their parents, both high school teachers, are very supportive of their choice of sport.
Jamie-Lee‘s mother Fredaline had to take an extra job as a part-time lecturer to finance her golf trips, and her father is coaching her.
“I‘m proud of both my daughters,” said Manie Daniels. “The sport has taught them discipline.”
source The Herald