By Michael Vlismas Media
Coetzee’s spectacular career is the theme for the R650,000 Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung tournament being played at the San Lameer from Tuesday to Saturday next week, and including a VIP pro-am event.
The tournament is the second on this year’s Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung series, and celebrates Coetzee’s career as one of the “Young Guns” of South African golf who cut his teeth on this series, which is now in its 11th year as the biggest series of tournaments on the local circuit.
It’s a series that has helped to launch the careers of some of South Africa’s greatest young stars, including Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Thomas Aiken.
Coetzee has also benefitted from this and was a winner on the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung series before he broke through to win on the European Tour in the Joburg Open in 2014.
“This was the next step for me. I can tick this box,” Coetzee said of his maiden European Tour triumph.
And then in 2015 he claimed his second victory on the European Tour when he won the Tshwane Open in his hometown of Pretoria.
“I never thought as a kid I’d be playing in a European Tour event in my hometown, never mind winning it. It’s unreal,” he said.
Next week’s tournament includes a pro-am on the Tuesday and Wednesday followed by the 54-hole professional tournament which tees off on Thursday with a field of 120 Sunshine Tour professionals all hoping to emulate Coetzee’s rise in world golf.
And there is a strong charity component as well, with birdies made by the golfers contributing towards money being raised in the battle to combat violence against women and children.
Coetzee is himself humbled to not only help contribute to this cause, but also to be an inspiration to the next generation of young South African golf stars.
“That’s what you strive for. When I was a junior and there was a pro golfer at a tournament, it inspired me to be like him. That’s one of the main reasons why South African golf produces so many good golfers, because there is always someone to look up to,” he said.