The KwaZulu Natal local gained an invitation to play a tournament on the Big Easy Tour via the South African Golf Development Board, with the two parties combining to give future professionals the chance to compare their game against touring players.
“It’s a very great experience. I’m pretty pleased with my game, although I could have played a bit better. The SAGDB has been the backbone of my golf, and I’ve been a part of it since I was 13. I’m here today because of them and I want to thank Joseph Kunene, my regional manager in KZN,” said Malevu.
The 25-year-old played alongside former Big Easy champion Divan Gerber and IGT professional Byron Garvie, with both players showing him the grit that it takes to compete each week.
“I learned a lot from my playing partners today,” said Malevu. “Their concentration stood out for me. They don’t go down after a bad shot, they recover and often make birdie. I learned that you have to focus and make the most of your bad shots.”
Golf is about the player versus the course and it took a while for the future star to get his mind around playing a professional event. Once the nerves subsided he was able to enjoy the moment.
“I feel like I belong here. I thought it would be really difficult and was quite anxious for the first four holes, but after a while I realised that everyone out here is focused on what they’re doing. When you’re out there you have to concentrate on your own game,” he said.
Malevu was full of optimism in spite of his opening round of 78, which left him in a share of 54th ahead of the final round. For the youngster this is a week of learning, and so far he’s discovered plenty to keep him practicing.
“You have to be good with your short game, because you won’t make all of the greens in regulation. These guys are so good at making up and downs. That’s where I’ll have to focus in years to come, but I’m looking forward to going to Qualifying School and hopefully turning professional myself,” he said.