Tafel­sig golf ace needs your help

Cape Argus - - FRONT PAGE - Them­bela Mgudlwa

A YOUNG golfer from Mitchells Plain has his sights set on the in­ter­na­tional golf­ing cir­cuit and has tongues wag­ging with his prow­ess and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Craig Baba, 19, has been play­ing golf since he was 13 and has al­ready toured South Africa, Scot­land and Eng­land. Now the young golfer hopes to pol­ish his skills in the Ath­letes USA acad­emy.

Baba said he needed R62 000 to pur­sue his stud­ies in sport man­age­ment science and to play golf in­ter­na­tion­ally.

He has won nu­mer­ous medals, tro­phies and cer­tifi­cates and has toured South Africa ex­ten­sively play­ing golf.

Baba has been of­fered a por­tion of a schol­ar­ship by the acad­emy, but has no spon­sor, and needs to fund his trip and have pocket money to fur­ther his long­time dream of be­com­ing an in­ter­na­tional golf player.

He trains at the Ron­de­bosch and Salt River golf clubs and said he had a very dif­fi­cult up-bring­ing.

“I have ex­celled in a sport that is not played in our dis­ad­van­tage com­mu­nity.

“This ex­cites me and I want to make a dif­fer­ence. I be­lieve I have what it takes to be a cham­pion. I need to be chal­lenged. The acad­emy of­fers all that I need to ex­cel in my ca­reer. This will help me get to the next level in my aca­demics and sport.”

Paul Macken­zie from the golf acad-emy, Baba’s coach, said “Craig is hum­ble, tal­ented, hard-work­ing young man. He needs to be given an op­por­tu­nity.” To as­sist, con­tact David Baba on 083 625 8655.

PICTURE: TRACEY ADAMS / ANA

TEE-ING OFF: Craig Baba, 19, an as­pir­ing golfer from Mitchells Plain, hopes to raise money to at­tend an acad­emy abroad.

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