Kathu – Omar Sandys has been a professional
golfer since 1999 and despite having played with professionals who have gone on
to win titles both locally and abroad, he, himself has never won an official
A fact he says only motivates him further.
“Many guys who turned pro with me in 1999 are champions,”
Sandys says, acknowledging players like Jean Hugo and Trevor Immelman among
“I am not stressing. I have faith in the higher power and I know my
win is around the corner.”
His misfortune is not for the lack trying though, because
while he has 17 top-10 finishes in his career on the professional tour, Sandys
has been runner-up eight times, the most recent being when he came second at
the Sun Fish River Sun Challenge last month.
“Golf is cruel,” he says of the many times he fell short of
victory. “But I keep pushing and I keep positive despite the challenges.”
Through the struggles and experience on the Sunshine Tour, Sandys says he now
has more reason to feel motivated.
“I took a decision two years ago to stop playing golf,”
said Sandys. “Now there came the Gary Player programme. For me it has been
a massive help.”
The Gary Player Class of 2017 is the Sunshine Tour’s main
development squad for previously disadvantaged professional golfers and
benefits from the longstanding and continued support of the South African Golf
Development Board (SAGDB), that was founded in 1999 as the official body for
golf development in South Africa, as well as the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation
(EEFF) in the collective effort to use golf to improve the lives of
disadvantaged South Africans.
“I was not going to be able to play this year if there was
no Gary Player Class of 2017/18,” said Sandys. “So to me it is something
serious. It is a legacy for my kids and the future.”
Sandys badly wants a win but is under no illusion about the
type of quality the players on both the Sunshine and the Big Easy Tour.
want to win, seriously. But I know the competition is serious. Even on the Big
Easy, things are tough there. The young guys coming in are playing like they
have been here for a long time so, it is always tough and exciting.”
In a career stretching at least 15 years and counting,
Sandys knows every tournament he plays in is an opportunity for him to achieve
that illusive victory.
The next such opportunity will be in Sishen this
week when he tees it up in the Origins of Golf event.