By Michael Vlismas (@MichaelVlismas)
It’s not exactly the Tim Noakes diet, but Sunshine Tour professional James Kamte has slimmed down in order to fatten up his bank account. And a good start in Wednesday’s first round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung suggests he’s on the right track.
Kamte opened with a two-under-par 70 at the Arabella Golf Club on Wednesday, placing him three strokes off the shared five under par lead of Rhys West, Trevor Fisher Jnr, Jacques Blaauw and PH McIntyre.
A four-time winner on the Sunshine Tour and once on the Asian Tour, Kamte has battled through a season of missed cuts and mediocre finishes. He’s also struggling with an ankle injury.
But he’s put his faith in a new approach to his nutrition, and while he isn’t going as far as calling it a Banting for Birdies approach, he may well be onto golf’s version of Calories for Cash.
“I’ve been working really hard and trying to lose a lot of weight,” Kamte said after his round of two birdies, an eagle and two bogeys.
“I’m working with a nutrition company and they make healthy meals for me, and deliver them to my home. I’ve lost about 19 kilograms in four months. It’s just about eating healthy. I think it’s a great programme. That’s been my plan so far.”