This 7-year Old South African Golfer Is B-reaking World Records


A 7-year old golf mastermind from Johannesburg, South Africa, has recently ranked in the top 15 of world kids’ golf rankings. He started competing in major local and international tournaments, just last year and has already won over 20 trophies including a second place win at the 2019 Australian Open Golf Championship last week.

Last December, Simthandile represented Mzansi at the World Golf Championship that took place in Malaysia. His excellent performance earned him the nickname “SimTiger” as he was being acclaimed by the US golf officials as the next Tiger Woods. His father who is also his caddy and coach, said he and his wife Bengoka introduced him to different sports such as tennis, swimming, soccer, and golf, when he was only 2 year old but it was golf that really caught his consideration.

He will play for his country at the Australian Open Golf Championships this week, but this almost did not happen after the Grade 2 pupil faced difficulties obtaining a visa. His father, Bonginkosi Tshabalala took to social media asking for anyone, including Sport and Recreation Minister, Tokozile Xasa, to help. Many South Africans rallied behind the boy and the problem was resolved Tuesday after government officials intervened, reports IOL. The tournament takes place from Saturday to Tuesday. “The competition was attended by players from around the world and SimTiger was selected after championship in Malaysia in December,”

“I’ve done a lot of hard work in the past months preparing for this tournament. It’s going to be challenging but I’ll overcame the challenge,” Simthandile added before the tournament.

It was great to see him finish the golf tournament in second place. Next month, he will participate in the European Tour Golf Championship in Scotland; and in July, he will compete in the Pepsi Kids Golf Championship.

Many persons, especially South Africans, have show delight over the young boy’s talent and have wished him best of luck for the future as he prepare to become a World Open champion in future.