Kamte wins top Pro-Am tourney

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

One of South Africa's brightest golf prospects, James Kamte, finally closed the door on his challengers to claim the 2007 Seekers Travel Pro-Am championship at Dainfern Country Club over the weekend.

The victory moves Kamte to 15th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and re-instals him as the leading black player in 2007.

"I don't know what to say, I'm over the moon right now. I can just thank God for making me believe I can make it," he said.

"I hope my win inspires other black players to have confidence to know that anyone can do it. It is a great boost for the development initiative of the Sunshine Tour."

After a shaky start with a bogey at the par-four first, Kamte regained his composure, making a good par at the second.

"I was scared because I didn't want to make a mistake. But finally I won. I've been playing well, but seem to always have trouble on the last day," he said.

"This is so good for my confidence going back to Europe."

Kamte is the third South African and fourth black player to win on the modern Sunshine Tour. He follows in the footsteps of John Mashego, who won the Kalahari Classic in 1991, Lindani Ndwandwe, who triumphed at the 2001 Vodacom Series Western Cape, and Zimbabwean Tongoona Charamba, the winner of the 2006 SAA Pro-Am Invitational.