Photo Credit: SimTiger / Twitter

The young talented South African, Simthandile Tshabalala is a force to be reckoned with on the golf green, walking away with 4 awards at the S.A Kids Golf Order of Merits 2020.


South Africa (09 November 2020) – At just eight years old, SimTiger is not only South Africa’s youngest top golfer but he’s also one of the most talented, as affirmed by the significant number of trophies from both local and international tournaments he has amassed in the last year since he started playing professionally. In fact, SimTiger left South Africa last year to take part in the Australian Open Golf Championships in which he came fourth – and, with a global ranking of number 14 in his age category, he’s sure to keep South Africa’s flag flying high.

Small wonder, then, that the international press has been quick to draw parallels between Simthandile and that other golf prodigy, Tiger Woods, especially since US golf officials have nicknamed the young star SimTiger. But, according to Tumo Motaung, Simthandile’s coach at Steyn City Club, the boy has remained calm and focused throughout the media storm that follows in his wake, describing him as hard-working, dedicated and focused. Motaung is convinced that Simthandile already possesses an astonishing natural talent; if he can hone his mental strength, he will become virtually unstoppable.

Simthandile himself appears unimpressed with his sudden fame. Instead, he remains caught up in the sheer love of the game, refusing to give up his time on the greens even when it’s dark, or he has other commitments. The Steyn City School learner heads straight to the golf course after lessons, making full use of the excellent facilities that pupils at this new facility enjoy.

This dedication bodes well for his future career when he hopes to emulate the golf greats of today, including Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods – all golfers he admires tremendously.

Simthandile receives full support from his family, with his father acting as his caddy.

Yesterday, Simthandile took to social media to share the incredible awards he received at the S.A Kids Golf Order of Merits 2020.

  1. Player of the Year
  2. Best Average Stroke Player of the Year
  3. Most Points
  4. 1st Place Stroke Average boys 7 – 8

“I am so proud and honoured to have won the Big awards in the S.A Kids Golf Order of Merits 2020”

“Thank you God and everyone”

Sources: SimTiger – Twitter
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