Kamte ready to show­case skills down un­der

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

James Kamte will be in­cluded in a 30-man team of South African golfers at the Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onship later this year.

The 32-year-old will get the chance to com­pete against some of the world’s finest play­ers when he tees up from De­cem­ber 3-6.

The event – the old­est and most pres­ti­gious on the PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia, with a prize fund of AU$1.7 mil­lion (R15.71 mil­lion) – will be played at the RACV Royal Pines Re­sort in Queens­land.

It will co­in­cide with the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge that takes place at the Gary Player Coun­try Club in Sun City.

This will be the first time that South African golfers com­pete in the Cham­pi­onship. Their par­tic­i­pa­tion is the re­sult of a co-sanc­tion­ing agree­ment that was signed last week with the Aus­tralasian, Euro­pean and Sun­shine tours.

Ac­cord­ing to the Sun­shine Tour’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Grant Wil­son, the Queen­stown-born player be­came el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion when he fin­ished 38th on the 2014 Sun­shine Tour Or­der of Merit. “His rank­ing made it pos­si­ble for him to be con­sid­ered to play. We are ex­cited that Kamte will be able to dis­play his skills against some of the big names in world golf,” he said. Wil­son said the Euro­pean Tour rec­om­mended that 30 top South African golfers com­pete in the show­piece. Kamte last made an im­pact on the global stage by cap­tur­ing the Asian Tour In­ter­na­tional in Thai­land in 2009. His last no­table vic­tory at home was at the BMG Clas­sic at Glendower Golf Club in Eden­vale, Gaut­eng, in 2011. “It feels very good to be con­sid­ered for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Cham­pi­onship. I’m train­ing hard,” said Kamte, who fin­ished fourth at the Investec Royal Swazi Open in May.

“This will ob­vi­ously stand me in good stead to do well down un­der.”

Kamte, who said that Aus­tralia had “great cour­ses”, will be up against some of that coun­try’s finest play­ers, such as 2013 US Mas­ters win­ner and one-time world num­ber one Adam Scott.

Last year’s show­down at the RACV Royal Pines Re­sort was won by Aus­tralian Greg Chalmers, who posted a score of 270.

It is en­vis­aged that the 30 South African spots in the Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onship will com­prise the:

Top 20 avail­able play­ers of the Sun­shine Tour;

Two places – by in­vi­ta­tion – for pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged mem­bers; and

Top 10 play­ers com­pet­ing in the prequal­i­fier.

There­fore, reg­u­lar tour play­ers Lin­dani Nd­wandwe, Toto Thimba and Pri­navin Nel­son all stand a good chance of par­tic­i­pat­ing in Aus­tralia.

PHOTO: LUKE WALKER / SUN­SHINE TOUR / GALLO IM­AGES

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