Gracing the Courses — Gracing the Courses The best of friends have reached a pinnacle in their respective careers. Branden Grace won the RCB Heritage on the Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in the United States. This was first win on the PGA Tour in the USA. No surprise to many who follow the game as the 27-year old has won 10 times overseas and finished in the top five the previous year in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. His reputation was already on the radar when he exploded on the professional golf scene becoming the second youngest South African to win his first five European Tour events aged 26 years and 208 days. His remarkable talent also displayed at the Presidents Cup where he became only the second international player to go 5-0 for the week. His partner Louis Oosthuizen commented, “He just showed that he’s a world-class player, and there’s no moment too big for him. He’s going to be a really great player.” I have no doubt. Branden Grace and Meyer du Toit celebrate. My second introduction is Meyer du Toit, the Director of Golf at San Lameer’s Golf Estate in Kwazulu Natal. He received one of the top accolades in South African golf when he was voted the PGA of South Africa’s 2015 PGA Professional of the Year. This is the first time du Toit has won what is considered the top award for a PGA professional working in the South African golf industry. This was no surprise to me, as I recall meeting the very pleasant and enthusiastic young man when he was doing his apprenticeship under Jeff Clause, himself a regular winner of this award, at what was then Sparrebosch, subsequently Pezula. “I feel very honoured to receive this award. It’s something I always aspired to achieve,” said du Toit. And it’s been du Toit’s incredible energy and enthusiasm that has been the main driver behind this process. I have to add that Vickey, his wife, I also met during his early days, his girl friend at the time, and she herself must get a mention, as it was already obvious then that her personality and professionalism were destined to succeed in the business of golf. A great couple and they deserve all the accolades; I believe will accrue to mirror their mentor Jeff Clause.

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