Saint Andrew’s Dewan de Bruin is a special golfing talent. Recently, he proved himself to be one of South Africa’s best in his age group at the Junior Africa Challenge at San Lameer on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.
The event is part of US Kids Golf, which caters to the brightest young golfing talents around the world by holding events all around the globe.
Dewann finished eighth, which qualified him to play on the Kids Tour in the USA and Europe. Clearly, he is a young man up for big challenges, which is also reflected by the fact that he is a member of the Free State under-11 golf team, even though is only in grade two.
“It was a very nice golf tournament. It was very hard and the course was also very long,” he said of the Africa Junior Challenge.
Dewan has been playing golf since the age of two-and-a-half and was smitten by the game from the first time he tried it. “It is a very nice sport and a lot of fun to play. I want to try to become a professional one day,” he said.
His home club is Schoeman Park, although, he admitted, his favourite course is Schoeman Park’s next door neighbour, the Bloemfontein Golf Club.
When it comes to his favourite golfers, Dewan looks to those players right at the top of the game. His favourite international players are Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, currently ranked third and first in the world, while his favourite South African stars are Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, who occupy the 18th and 13th places respectively.
Dewan practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays straight after school, and when it comes to support, one person stands out for him, his father, who watches every event he plays.
Even at his young age, Dewan has come astoundingly close to scoring a hole-in-one, with his shot on a par-three finishing less than a ruler’s length from the hole. His heart was pounding in his chest when that happened, he said.
So what do his classmates think of his success? They don’t say much, he said. And therein lies the story: he’s an ordinary young boy doing extraordinary things.