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At 12 years of age it is evident that Xavier has a raw talent for golf. During her four and a half years of playing her swing mechanics have become admirable, which was evident in her win in two tournaments. She also achieved the best net score for the female section in a third tournament. Her goal is to start playing tournaments in the WP Development category for older children, her success in these will ensure her in becoming a SA junior golfer. Her Coach believes that with more practice she will defiantly achieve this goal. Xavier has a knack for learning as well as an understanding for technical instructions and, thus is one to watch.
Xavier Arries joins the Pinkstig cubs as one of the young players who shows great potential and attitude to be a champion.
Ameerah Bibi Mehta
Ameerah Bibi, daughter of Zahira and Dhiren Mehta is a silent warrior and an old soul. Her dad attributes a lot of her ways and qualities to his late mom and it is this bond that drives her. Her determination stems from the passion to lead like her dad, which reflects in all four of his daughters.
As with in any sport, in order to reach the top you have to set yourself some goals and her ambition is to become a professional golfer. Ameerah is ticking off her achievements one by one and one of her most memorable moments on the golf course thus far was when she joined her dad with some of the PinkStig’s local lady professionals and played a few holes with them.
The PinkStig Cub joins a four ball on the 18th hole at Lost City and will play the ceremonial hole as part of the inaugural of the PinkStig Invitational at the Lost City Golf Course, Sun City on the 28th November 2016.
One of the PinkStig cub’s ‘Zimkhitha Ndube’ has been privileged to play at the Little Pace Challenge earlier this year and will feature at the PinkStig Invitational as one of the PinkStig Cubs. She has already met her legend Sally Little and super star Lee-Anne Pace. Her dad recalls some of the defining moments at that event in August at Pearl Valley Golf Club.
” I met Sally little, Dhiren Mehta and the UniMedia team, the night before, within 5 minutes of engaging with them some unexplained energy filled me and that driving force experienced convinced me to drop all and join the journey at Pearl Valley. This positive energy even had me encouraging my daughter to engage on one of the things I do not support, having my daughter bunk school in favour of experiencing the day with the legend in SA women’s professional golf.
Throughout the day, my daughter had the biggest smile, because she was the centre of attraction in a game that she loves most, as much as she might not fully know and place everyone that attended the event, she really walked tall on the day, and she was filled with energy and happiness that light up my day. She really had Christmas in August, because she got a chance of watching and playing alongside Sally the Legend, Lee-Anne the number 1 women golfer in SA, the professional women golfers, and SA celebrities.
When we got home late she never stopped talking to her mother and sisters regarding her “AWESOME” experience as she described the day, and the following day she was early and looking forward to going to school, because she had a story to tell. She is now on my case to honour my commitments going forward for her to earn her 10 000 hrs (as found by Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Outliers The story of Success) through practicing and playing golf twice a week.
The path that Dhiren Mehta is travelling with his wife and team, that of wanting to positively influence and/or impact other people’s lives, is better explained by the Chinese proverb, “If you want happiness for a lifetime ? Help someone else.” And that is the journey that resonates with me, that I wish to continue on in my little corner for years to come.
Zimkhitha and I say thank-you to UniMedia Pro, for giving us the opportunity to be part of a journey filled with true energy, and for bringing to life this journey of women in golf to both a father and his daughter that were on their own trying to find and understand the journey of professional women in golf.
No doubt the PinkStig Invitational and the addition of the PinkStig Cubs will reap great reward and interest from mothers and fathers of daughters who dream of becoming the next champion in women’s golf.
Zahra Tayob started playing golf at the young age of 7. She is a natural in sports which was evident in her participation in her school soccer team. Unfortunately, she had to put sports on hold for two years due to an accident that broke her wrist. Under the guidance of her coach Roy Yates she won many events in her age group in various tournaments. In the last four months her handicap has dropped from 15 to 9 with the help of her new coach Jhon Dickson, at Copperleaf Golf Club. Zahra recently won a golf day event in Rustenburg, where she, the only woman in the event, played against 68 men. Zahra’s goal is to achieve a scratch level handicap. With two more years left of school we look forward to see where her passion and natural ability for golf takes her.
Zara Tayob from Brits is excited to join the PinkStig cubs at the inaugural PinkStig Invitational taking place at Sun City.