18th August 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Hess turning heads with Arabella efforts
Jacquin Hess, a graduate of the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB), has quietly been going about his business on and off the course, with his contribution to the next generation of young golfers noted by the SAGDB chairman, Johann Rupert.
Having grabbed the opportunities that came with graduating from the SAGDB, Hess was among the first cohort of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 when it was launched in November of 2016.
After seeing a tweet by Hess of his engagements with the youngsters at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Arabella Golf Estate, Rupert immediately took to his own Twitter account to show some appreciation of the 27-year old Hess’ effort.
“Thanks for what you are doing to inspire our young,” Rupert tweeted.
And, as member of that development squad for previously disadvantaged professional golfers which benefits from the longstanding and continued support of the South African Golf Development Board, that was founded in 1999 as the official body for golf development in South Africa, as well as the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation in the collective effort to use golf to improve the lives of disadvantaged South Africans, Hess continues to make the most of this opportunity with some good rounds of golf in recent tournaments.
“The goal is always to start well,” says Hess from Arabella where he is teeing it up in the second round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf event there. “If I start my tournaments with a solid first round, then I play the following rounds to keep things together, and then try to finish strongly. That has been my goal this season and I think it’s coming together nicely now.”
He has posted under par first round scores in the last two events. He shot an opening round 69 in Sun City and posted a 70 in the first round at Arabella, thus making it look like his goal is indeed being achieved.