I’m fall­ing apart – Kamte

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

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.

LUKE WALKER / SUN­SHINE TOUR / GALLO IM­AGES PHOTO:

DOWN, NOT YET OUT James Kamte will be out of ac­tion for al­most a year af­ter an eye op­er­a­tion

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