I’m falling apart – Kamte
The career of professional golfer James Kamte has been dealt yet another blow – this time after he had to undergo an operation to fix a detached retina in his left eye.
Retinal detachment occurs when one’s retina peels away from its underlying layer of support tissue. It’s an injury that’s more common among boxers.
Kamte says the setback will rule him out of action professionally for nine months, after which he will hopefully start competing at the highest level again in October.
The 32-year-old had to forfeit a chance to play at the Australian PGA Championship currently under way at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland, Australia. The final round will be played today.
Kamte was chosen in July by the Sunshine Tour alongside 29 other local golfers in the championship field after he finished 38th on the 2014 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
The Queenstown, Eastern Cape-born player suffered a careerthreatening injury in 2010 when he fell off a skateboard in Singapore and broke his hand and knee. He underwent knee and wrist operations in 2011 and 2012, respectively. This is the third time he has gone under the knife.
City Press reported earlier this year on how he planned to relocate to Gugulethu in Cape Town in a bid to refocus himself.
Kamte, winner of the Asian Tour International in Thailand in 2009, has now told City Press he believes he is “falling apart” after his latest surgery.
“This has really been a bad year for my career. Doctors have worked on my eye and felt the retina should be replaced, as it is not flat enough,” said Kamte.
He was at pains to explain that he felt the strain in his eyes whenever he played golf.
He said it felt awful to miss the championship, but his health came first.
“I had no choice but to forgo the trip to Australia. I am happy to take some time off to heal. I only play in social events to keep myself busy,” he said.
Kamte featured in only two rounds at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane in Mpumalanga last week. He carded scores of 77 and 73 before missing the cut.
He is optimistic that, despite his recent hardships, he will bounce back and play well again in future. “I wouldn’t like to be written off just yet,” he said. Kamte’s last notable win at home was at the BMG Classic at the Glendower Golf Club in Edenvale in 2011.
DOWN, NOT YET OUT James Kamte will be out of action for almost a year after an eye operation