The Stormers and Springbok utility back talks about his dream fourball and which teammates are aces on the course.
When and how did you start playing golf?
I pretty much started playing in early 2020. I got invited to a few golf days but unfortunately we couldn’t really play due to Covid and I wasn’t that good at it. After playing a few rounds I started enjoying it and got more and more into it.
What aspect of social golf do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy playing golf with my friends and teammates on a day off. It’s a nice way to relax and enjoy myself outside rugby.
Have you been able to play any overseas courses while on tour?
I played at Saint Cloud Golf Club in Paris while on tour with the Boks. It was was one of the best and most beautiful courses I have ever played.
Which of your Stormers or Springbok teammates excel on the golf course?
At the Stormers we have a few very good and keen golfers. Off the top of my head, I’d say Neethling Fouche and Steven Kitshoff, but there are a few others too. I think Franco Mostert is the best from the Springboks.
Name your three favourite courses to play in South Africa.
Pearl Valley and De Zalze in the Western Cape, and Royal Johannesburg and Kensington in Gauteng.
What is your handicap?
It’s a 16, which is the lowest it’s been but I’m determined to get it lower.
Some of the Stormers players had a day out with the Sunshine Tour at the Cape Town Open earlier this year. What was it like to compete with some of the pros?
It was an amazing experience. Not many people get the opportunity to do that so it was just awesome to see them do their thing in real time. The wind was pumping that day but these guys are really classy and showed why they are so highly rated and are doing so well on the Tour.
Which sportspeople would you select for your ideal fourball?
It would probably be Tiger Woods, Kevin Pietersen and Dustin Johnson.
Do you watch any golf? If so, who is your favourite player?
I love watching golf. Choosing my favourite player is quite a tough call. I think I’m going to go with Dustin Johnson, he’s just class all round.
– This Q&A first appeared in the June 2022 issue of Compleat Golfer magazine. Subscribe here!