Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

There was a mo­ment dur­ing Tris­ten Strydom’s com­pet­i­tive year that de­fined his re­newed con­fi­dence and vigour for the game. At Septem­ber’s Premier In­ter­provin­cial the 17-year-old, play­ing No 1 in the sin­gles for Ekurhu­leni, passed a com­ment in re­sponse to his team man­ager’s ob­ser­va­tion that some of his team mem­bers were ner­vous play­ing the fi­nal few holes. “What are they ner­vous about? This is just the IPT. We’re not play­ing for our lives!” While the re­tort might have seemed ar­ro­gant, it was a state­ment of fact and a gen­uine at­tempt to pacify his team­mates.  At the start of 2014 Strydom was a lost soul. At 16 he al­ready had some no­table achieve­ments in the game, but a frac­tious re­la­tion­ship with Gaut­eng North Golf Union of­fi­cials had soured his en­joy­ment for the game. He fre­quently threw clubs and lost his tem­per on the course. “I’m now the first to ad­mit that my be­hav­iour was un­ac­cept­able,” said the re­formed teenager. “I did feel some pres­sure to achieve, but I just wasn’t ma­ture enough to han­dle the dis­ap­point­ments that are in­evitable in golf. I grew up pretty quickly this year.”

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