James Kamte, the newest member of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 development programme of the Sunshine Tour, says he is excited to be part of the programme and that he aims for a solid showing at the Investec Royal Swazi Open this week. Source – Sunshine Tour
Kamte is a four-time winner on the Sunshine Tour and has been around for long enough to recognise a good programme when it is presented to him. “This programme is great. It has created a lot of room for us players to compete more,” Kamte says. “As you can see with the way the guys are playing, the initiative has given a lot for these guys to play this well.”
He added: “Mentally this programme does a lot for players and we really hope it can go on and produce more players because the talent is there.”
Kamte finished second in this tournament in 2007 and fourth in 2015 and so his memories of Royal Swazi Spa Country Club are not bad, apart from last year’s missed cut. “I have really played well around this track so I am always happy to return,” he said. “My game is getting better. I don’t want to speak too much about that but I have been working hard on certain aspects of it and I must say, things are looking positive.”
He finished 67th at the 2017 Zimbabwe Open but he is not overly concerned. “The first tournaments of the season are always important so I must play well now and during the season so that when it finishes, I am at a better standing on the Order of Merit,” Kamte said. “I have to be patient and the scores will show. It’s always good to start off nicely and that’s what I’m looking for so that I won’t feel a lot of pressure as the season progresses.”
Kamte, Sipho Bujela, Heinrich Bruiners, Jacquin Hess and Keenan Davidse are the only members of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 who have made it into the field this week and Kamte will be inspired by Davidse’s recent performances during which he finished in a share of 22ndin Zimbabwe and of fifth in the Zambia Sugar Open last week.