SPORTS-CHAT: Elvis Khawula … golf is in his blood


Elvis Khawula of Margate Country Club.

Age? 45.

Birthday? July 18. Same as Madiba.

Second name? Sandile.

Nickname? Too many, but not Presley.

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Who introduced you to golf? My late uncle, Wiseman Mavundla

Which clubs have you been a member at? Margate CC.

Which was the first golf course you ever played at? Port Shepstone CC.

Elvis Khawula.

What is your career highlight? Winning the club championships at Margate CC in 2012. Being chosen for the KZN caddy team in 2008.

Golf course you would love to play that you haven’t already? Cotswold Downs. I have it’s a long course with fast greens.

Provincial colours in any other sport? No.

Schools you attended? Gamalakhe Commercial.

If you could win any of the Majors, which one? Masters.

Funniest thing you have experienced on a golf course? Seeing a player lob his pitching wedge in the air after a bad shot, The caddy wasn’t watching and it hit him on side of the face. The player panicked, being quick to apologise! Gave caddy extra tip afterwards.

Holes in one (where)? 4th hole at Margate CC.

Albatross (where)? 5th hole at Margate CC.

Fourball amateur; fourball pro? Amateur – Altaaf Bux, Leorin Pillay, and Phiwa Mkhoma; pro – Martin Rohwer, Andrew Curlewis, Derek James/Colin Nel.

Phiwa Mkhoma of Port Shepstone CC.

Beef or chicken? Beef, of course.

World Cup final: T20 cricket or rugby? Bokke.

Countries you have been to? None.

Player you’d choose to hole a 6 foot putt to save your life? One pro and one amateur? Pro – Martin Rohwer; amateur – Sean Baker.

Elvis backs Sean Baker to hole a clutch putt to save his life. It’s possible he might be the only one who’d take that risk! But Baker is a gutsy guy.

Luckiest shot that mattered? Any time it goes straight when I’m under pressure.

One shot or round or moment you’d like to be able to have over? Any shank.

Ever broken a club, what happened? No.

Ever felt like giving up? Sometimes.

Ever had an N/R? If so what happened? No.

Which do you prefer, strokeplay or matchplay? Matchplay, because every hole counts, and one bad hole doesn’t ruin you.

What irritates you most in golf? Slow play.

Best advice received? Never get cross when struggling.

Historical figure (dead or alive) you would liked to have met? Papwa Sewgolum.

Advice to anyone taking up the game? Never give up till you finish all 18 holes.


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