Simthandile Tshabalala, affectionately known as “SimTiger”, is only seven years old, yet when it comes to golf he is ranked 15th in the world. The Australian Open Golf Championship starts today, and our golf prodigy is ready to make us all proud.
The trip to Australia might never have happened. Both Simthandile and his father Bonginkosi Tshabalala had difficulties obtaining visa.
The problem was only resolved on Tuesday after the father complained about the situation on Twitter asking for anyone, including Sport and Recreation Minister Tokozile Xasa, to help.
“The championship is a tournament attended by top players from around the world and he (SimTiger) was selected after championships in Malaysia in December,” Tshabalala said.
“He started playing when he was 5 and started competing last year, August. In a year he has won over 20 trophies,” he added.
According to his parents, SimTiger has tried himself in many kinds of sports but it was golf he got most attracted to. He trains every day with his father who also serves as his caddy.
“I am excited to be playing at the championships. I have been training and I just have to make sure to keep my putter straight. It’s my first visit to Australia,” the young golfer said.
After the Australian Open Golf Championship, other golfing tournaments in US and Scotland are mentioned in SimTiger’s schedule.
It gives me great pleasure to inform you that SimTiger has been granted the Visa to play in the Australian Golf Open. Special thank you to @TokozileXasa, Vuyo Mhaga, Ndivhuwo Mabaya @DIRCO_ZA and SABC journalists & the Twitter community. You guys are the best #SimTiger pic.twitter.com/cmRwX56u7M
— Bonginkosi (@Bongs_Donga) April 2, 2019