I seriously can't wipe the grin off my face. Sunday will go down as one of our 'life highlights' and what an incredible experience for me to be 'on the bag' and be inside the ropes with Tjaart and witness his first WIN. PRICELESS.
The week started off with the Pro-Am on Tuesday where we played with the sponsor Fred Roberston, Sello Moloko & Grant Wilson of the Sunshine Tour. We had so much fun and laughed our way around 18 holes, I'm convinced this set the relaxed tone for the week for Tjaart.
The first 2 rounds were steady, in fact both days started a little shaky for us but Tjaart stayed patient and managed to pull it back by shooting -3 on both days to go into the weekend at -6, 4 shots behind the lead and lying T2nd. Well, if anyone had told me that we were going to shoot 30 on the front 9 on Saturday I wouldn't have believed it - Tjaart was just flawless, it was classy to say the least! I think he was as surprised as I was and just kept saying to me, 'I'll take it' - with only one bogey on the back 9 and negotiating the tough holes well Tjaart signed for a score of 65.
We left the course and met JP (my brother in law) picked up some coffees' 'to go' and found a spot near Moulle Point to go and chill out and absorb the day, enjoy where we were and have some time out and not really even talk golf. We both knew deep down what we wanted to do on Sunday and what our goal was - there was no need to even say anything.
After a bogey on the first hole, on Sunday, and a huge putt to save par on the 2nd we managed to settle down. Tjaart stayed so calm and patient. His ball striking wasn't the greatest but if we could just stay out of trouble and grind away I knew we'd be ok. The birdie on the 6th hole was just incredible. There were times where I just wanted to hug him on the spot but of course I couldn't and I had to 'Keep calm and carry on' :-)
Walking down the 18th fairway with a 6 shot lead I knew we had pretty much done it, BUT, in saying that I know in this crazy game of golf you can't take anything for granted until the ball is in the hole on the 18th green. After his 2nd shot on the 18th and safely on the green my emotions started to stir up for sure, Tjaart had done it!!!! He was about to step into the winners circle for the first time in his professional career and he was going to do it in style!
Words can not describe how incredibly proud I am, we have had a tough year on the golf course, but Tjaart has seriously just stuck to the process and he has never stopped believing. He NEVER gave up.
We have the most phenomenal team and support structure around us and we couldn't have done this without them.
Thanks to those of you who read our website and send messages, we really do appreciate your support!
"who's your caddy"
Vicki aka the 'bag lady'
PS a lovely article written by Mike Green of the Sunshine Tour http://web.ocs-africa.com/?p=16846