San Lameer Golf Estate’s Director of Golf Meyer du Toit received one of the top accolades in South African golf when he was voted the PGA of South Africa’s 2015 PGA Professional of the Year.
This is the first time Du Toit has won what is considered the top award for a PGA professional working in the South African golf industry.
“I feel very honoured to receive this award. It’s something I always aspired to achieve,” said Du Toit, who represents the KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Northern Cape region.
“I remember as a youngster doing my apprenticeship under Jeff Clause, who has won this award several times. I used to look at his medals on his desk and think I’d love to one day also receive this award. To have my name there alongside legends of the PGA is an honour and a privilege.”
Du Toit and his wife, Vickey, head up the strong team that has helped to reposition San Lameer at the forefront of the South African golf estate market.
And it’s been Du Toit’s incredible energy and enthusiasm that has been the main driver behind this process. It’s something he first learnt while working under Clause at Sparrebosch/Pezula.
“One of the fundamental things I have learnt was the importance of growing the game of golf by putting your members and guests first. You can’t do this on your own, so it’s important to surround yourself with a great team, and without their dedication, this award wouldn’t have come my way.
“My wife, Vickey, has been an incredible support. It really helps to have a good committee that has faith in my ability to run the club. I’m fortunate to have been in a position where I was part of big changes and renovations to the club, facilities and course. It’s been an exciting couple of years and I am privileged to do what I love every day.”
Growing up in Pretoria, Du Toit was introduced to golf by his parents. “It all started with my family. My parents introduced me to this wonderful game, and I played a lot of golf with my brothers.”
After school he took two years to travel the world, and then returned home to begin his studies at Allenby College.
“The principal at the time was a wonderful lady called Val Bartram. I was one of those students who struggled to keep my head down and studying wasn’t always my first priority but she saw potential in me. She was a great motivator and helped me get an apprentice position at Sparrebosch.
“I’m fortunate to have worked at some of the top estates in the country such as Pezula and Simola where I’ve gained invaluable experience. It’s important to surround yourself with positive people. South Africa is blessed with amazing golf directors, managers and PGA professionals who I call often for advice and I am lucky to call them my friends.”
Du Toit says his focus now is to keep building on the progress they have made at San Lameer.
“San Lameer, being one of the first golf estates in South Africa, went through some challenges and the committee saw the importance of getting it back on the map. They have invested a lot of time and money in this project and it’s definitely paid off. The homeowners are delighted with the changes and enjoy the positive vibe at the club and that’s what being in the service industry is all about at the end of the day. We are excited to build camaraderie amongst members and promoting golf.”
When he’s not in the office, you’ll find Du Toit on the golf course.
“I love playing golf with my friends when I have time off. I’ve also become a bit of a fitness fanatic so do a bit of running and cycling. Vickey and I love spending time with our friends. We’re fortunate to be living on the estate and we refer to our home as ‘Lodge Du Toit’. We’ve had many friends visit from all over and it keeps us in touch with reality – they are our family and support.”
As his close friend and touring professional Branden Grace climbs the world rankings, Du Toit is equally happy to have reached the top spot and be recognised as South Africa’s number one PGA Professional.