Kamte wins on a swing and prayer

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

James Kamte's wife, Micky, was over the moon when her husband won the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Sun City at the weekend.

"I'm very happy," she said, "and I have always been behind James and I knew that one day he will win this tournament and finally it worked. This was his second victory, the first being the Seekers Travel Pro-Am on the winter swing last year."

After his win, Kamte raised his hands in praise for his achievement in this R1,8million event that made him the first black South African to win on the tough summer swing of the Sunshine Tour.

All in all, Kamte's victory at the weekend was both unique and rather special and the newly crowned Dimension Data Pro-Am winner jets off to the Middle East for the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic.

Proudly South African, Kamte is delighted that his preparation at Sun City paid such high dividends because the stakes will be much higher with around R14million on offer in Dubai.

The deeply religious Kamte, who was two behind at the turn, said the turning point came in the cart trip from the ninth green to the 10th tee.

"Coming up the ninth, I hit a great five-iron in but messed up the hole. I looked at the leader board and saw I was only two behind," said Kamte, who stayed focussed by reciting scriptures to himself on the course.

"I prayed all the way and when I got out of the cart, I turned to my caddie Stanley [Moeng] and said to him, 'we are going to win this'."

"I just heard God talking to me so clearly. From there, He did all the work. I had a great birdie at the 10th and 12th and walking up the 13th fairway, I could just make out that I was lying second. That was the kick I needed. Even after that bogey, I just told myself 'you only need two birdies, James'."