Quintin van Jaarsveld
Naveshin Moodley was the big winner at the Pro-Vision Awards held at Umthunzi Hotel in Umtentweni on Saturday.
The golf and social club, established in 2007, celebrated another memorable year, with Moodley making a big impact on and off the greens.
Moodley, who’s been playing consistently for just over three years, found his rhythm this year, resulting in him claiming the prestigious Player of the Year award.
Justin Naidoo scooped the Sportsman of the Year award, junior Keenon Choonu was named Most Promising Player of the Year, Sharms Goberdan got the Most Dedicated Player of the Year gong, Darshan Pather picked up the Most Improved Player of the Year award and Preggy Kandasamy was crowned Mug of Mugs winner.
Main award winner Moodley’s crowning moment of the year came when he clinched the Chairman’s Cup at Port Shepstone Country Club with a career-best 79 gross.
“I was pretty ecstatic. I wasn’t expecting it, so it came as quite a surprise,” Moodley said after being named Player of the Year.
“I played some decent golf at the beginning of the year and then fell off a bit, so I think my early form carried me through.”
Moodley, who plays off an 11 handicap, feels focusing on the fundamentals was what lifted his game this year.
“I think it just comes down to a bit more practice, concentration and consistency.”
The 32-year-old hailed Pro-Vision as a special club, saying, “It’s a pretty laid-back and social environment, but we take our golf quite seriously. It’s a very welcoming club and everyone’s good mates.”
Moodley also served as club captain for the year.
“It’s my first influential role in an organisation, so it was a bit daunting at first, but I slowly got into it and I’m really enjoying it,” he said.
The club have since their inception raised in the region of R120 000 for various charities and held a number of fund-raising golf days throughout the year. South Coast Hospice was one of the 2016 beneficiaries and was presented with a R5000 cheque on Saturday.
The club also supported three-year-old Keshivan Govender, who with the help of the local community was able to travel to Thailand for treatment of cerebral palsy, and helped a member who suffered renal failure.
They’ll also bring early Christmas joy to children in the paediatric ward at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital when they handover gifts next Friday.
Moodley succeeded Pravesh Govender as both club captain and Player of the Year. Govender, a Pro-Vision veteran and member of the executive committee, said the club had a great year on all fronts.
“It’s been a brilliant year. We drafted in a lot of youngsters. One of our goals is developing youngsters, so the number of youngsters who joined us is a good sign. We’re not just about golf, though. We enjoy giving back to the community and making a difference in people’s lives.”