Amateur Zethu Myeki notched up a victory joins a new union

Amateur Zethu Myeki notched up a victory, joined a new golf union and moved to Gauteng at the start of the year as she prepares to write a new chapter in her golfing career.

Myeki, 24, celebrated New Year in her native East London, but three weeks into the year, she moved to Randpark, joined Ladies Golf Gauteng and became a member at Randpark Golf Club.

In early February, she flew to Port Elizabeth and returned with Eastern Province Championship trophy.

Myeki was three off the pace after an opening three-under-par 69, but she reeled in overnight leader Kaiyuree Moodley with a four-under 68 in the second round at Port Elizabeth Golf Club. She stretched a one shot lead to two strokes at the turn in the final round and she provided the most memorable moments of the championship with incredible par-saves and birdies at 13 and 18 for a closing 71.

The six-stroke victory on eight-under 208 followed her success in the season-ending Mpumalanga Open last November.

At the end of a frustrating 2017 season punctuated by four runner-up finishes and six further top five placings Myeki celebrated a three-shot victory at Ermelo Golf Club.

And the good run of form continued at Sun City where, a week later, she outpaced the professional field in the Sun PinkStig Finale on the Sunshine Ladies Tour at the Gary Player Country Club to finish third overall.

For the last two seasons, the Border golfer maintained a third place ranking in the Womens Golf South Africa Senior Rankings, but she has set herself some lofty goals for 2018.

She is targeting the top spot, hence the move to Gauteng.

“My biggest goal is to complete my studies,” said the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation member, who just started her third year studying Golf Club Management through the Club Managers Association of America.

“My second goal is to shoot for the number one spot in the rankings. To give myself a realistic chance to get to number two, and then number one, I had to make this move. I have had the most amazing support from the moment I joined the South African Golf Development Board under their head coach Michelle de Vries 11 years ago, and I’ll never be able to repay Michelle or the SAGDB for all they did for me to give me a career in golf.

“But to reach number one, I need to compete more frequently. I need to raise my game and I need to play against stronger competition. It was a really hard decision to leave East London, my family and friends and everything that is familiar to me, but I believe I’ve done the best thing for my career.”

Myeki relocated just before the first GolfRSA Elite Squad camp at Bryanston Country Club.

“I gain so much from the camps and this time, in particular,” she said. “I’d really been struggling with my swing. Our national coach Val Holland and my new coach Constanza Trussoni identified some of the issues and I was able to work on my swing before the Eastern Province Champs.

“It wasn’t 100 percent when I arrived in Port Elizabeth and I struggled to hit the ball with confidence. My short game saved me, though. I made so many great up-and-downs and sand-saves and I putted really well. It felt really great to win after losing the last two years by one shot.”

Her next start is the Border Championship at East London Golf Club in on Friday, and Myeki be out for blood again, having lost to Swiss amateur Chloe Grand by one shot last year.

“I am in a really good place,” said Myeki. “I have the backing of the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation and GolfRSA.

I have a good home with Judy (Katzenellenbogen) and my studies are going well. I’ve been welcomed by Ladies Golf Gauteng and Randpark Golf Club. I’ve enlisted a new coach. Everything is in place and I set the tone for my season in Port Elizabeth. I’m ready to face all the challenges 2018 will bring.


Run Your City series to unite cities

22 Jan 2018

Local Sports Marketing Agency, Stillwater Sports together with FNB have announced the launch of the FNB ‘Run Your City Series’.

“The FNB Run Your City Series will feature three mass participation road running events:  the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN (launched in 2015), the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN (launched in 2016) and the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN (launched in 2017),” confirms Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.  “In addition to boasting an impressive prize purse, each event has also received overwhelming support from both local and international elite runners.  We would like to build on this trend in 2018 and will be announcing an overall Series Prize Purse in March this year.  We look forward to attracting big names, exciting racing and fast times in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.”

“The FNB Run Your City Series is however not only aimed at elite runners,” continues Meyer.  “Each event highlights the splendour of its host city.  Runners of all fitness levels are invited to partake in a road running experience like no other.  Look forward to spectacular routes that highlight important landmarks, feature magnificent views and boast with exciting on route entertainment.”

Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business expressed how excited FNB is to open its entries for the FNB Run Your City Series for the 2018 year. The series comprises of three races namely the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN and the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN. The three races encourage families, professional runners, business owners and every other participant from different walks of life to run their city their way.

“What is most exciting about this series is the essence of the race itself; it is more than just running, we are effectively asking South Africans, many of which are our customers, to come out in their numbers to experience their cities in the company of each other. There is something beautiful about that, something very South African about it,” says Vacy-Lyle.

Kagiso Rabada has become the No 1-ranked bowler in the ICC Test rankings

Cape Town - Kagiso Rabada has become the No 1-ranked bowler in the ICC Test rankings after helping South Africa to an exciting 72-run victory over India in the first Test at Newlands on Monday.

Rabada, who was one of the stars in South Africa's successful campaign in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in the UAE in 2014, returned figures of 3/34 and 2/41 against a star-studded India batting line-up.

For his efforts, the 22-year-old has collected five points, while England's James Anderson, who had entered the Sydney Test against Australia as the No 1-ranked bowler, dropped by the same number of points following the last Ashes Test.

This 10-point swing means the Proteas paceman has moved ahead of the Englishman by one point after nine points had separated the two fast bowlers leading into the two Tests.

"It's special to be ranked as the No 1 Test bowler in the world. It is a surreal feeling. It’s what you dream of achieving when you start playing the game," Rabada said.

"Cricket is ultimately a team sport and I'm thankful for the support from my team-mates. It's a great start to the year personally and for us as a team, hopefully we can continue putting in winning performances."

Rabada is the seventh South Africa bowler to top the Test bowling rankings after Aubrey FaulknerHugh TayfieldPeter PollockShaun PollockDale Steyn and Vernon Philander.

Rabada's team-mate Philander is the other bowler inside the top-20 to make an impressive gain. For his match figures of 9/75 - which also earned him the player of the match award - the 32-year-old has earned 67 points, which, in turn, has lifted him from 12th to sixth position.

Philander now trails Australia's fifth-ranked Josh Hazlewood by eight points and has an opportunity to break into the top-five following the second Test against India that starts in Centurion on Saturday.

Outside the top-20, India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pat Cummins of Australia have achieved career-high rankings.

Kumar has vaulted eight places to 22nd following figures of four for 87 and two for 33, while Cummins has leaped eight places and is now in 28th position after match figures of eight for 119, which also earned him the player of the match award.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, Australia's Steve Smith is unchanged on 947 points in first position, but there is some movement just behind him.

England captain Joe Root has leapfrogged Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson of New Zealand into fourth position, while India's Cheteshwar Pujara has slipped from third to fifth.

Root has earned 26 points from the Sydney Test in which he was dismissed once in scoring 141 runs, but Kohli has dropped 13 points after his contributions of five and 28 at Newlands. Pujara’s scores for 26 and four result in his total falling by 25 points.

South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar have slipped three places apiece to finish in 10th and 16th positions respectively, but AB de Villiers has risen five places to 13th with a slot in the top-10 firmly within his sights.

South Africa opener Aiden Markram, who was the player of the tournament and skipper in the U19 World Cup in 2014, and India allrounder Hardik Pandya are the other big movers from the Newlands Test.

Markram has moved up six places to 48th, while Pandya is now ranked 49th after rocketing 24 places.

Komphela confirms Chiefs’ hunt for a striker

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says the club are in the market for a striker following the club's 1-0 Telkom Knockout semi-final defeat to Bidvest Wits. Amakhosi missed a number of good chances, with Dumisani Zuma and Gustavo Paez particularly guilty of spurning a number of openings in the loss at Milpark on Saturday.

Thus far this season, Paez is the club's leading scorer with just three goals to his name as Amakhosi's struggles in front of goal have been well documented.

As such, Komphela expressed his frustration with the situation and admitted that his side has to find a prolific goal scorer in attack.

He told reporters: "Listen‚ strikers are strikers. We could have had the best striker on the day‚ but if it's not your day‚ it's not. Missing chances like these (the ones missed by Paez and Zuma)‚ happens.

"But if you ask me 'if there is an opportunity for us to get another striker'‚ yes there is.

"With Zuma and Paez I thought we could at least have got an equaliser. Zuma had a one-on-one twice. Peaz as well had his fair share. All these are excuses and excuses. But if you ask 'did we have an opportunity to equalise'‚ yes we did." Said Komphela.

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