Quintin van Jaarsveld
Meyer du Toit’s immense contribution to golf has been recognised with the San Lameer Golf Director being acknowledged as the 2015 PGA Professional of the Year for the KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Northern Cape region.
Du Toit scooped the prestigious award based on his years of service to the PGA, his endeavours on the golf retail and director/manager front, value added to San Lameer, his achievements in the game and a membership vote, which counted 25 percent towards the overall results.
“I feel extremely honoured and privileged to receive such a prestigious award. I’m proud to be a South African PGA member,” Du Toit told eHowzit.
The 36-year-old’s golfing genesis dates back to when he was 13 years old. “Once the golfing bug bit, I never looked back,” he said.
He joined the PGA of South Africa in August 2000 and qualified in 2004. Since then, he’s left an indelible mark in the game wherever he’s gone.
He won his first PGA Professional of the Year award for the Southern/Eastern Cape region in 2012/13 and was nominated amongst five candidates for the national gong that year.
He served as a member of the PGA Southern/Eastern Cape regional committee in 2012 before making the move to San Lameer in May 2013.
A productive 2014 saw him sit on the PGA regional committee and head the hosting of the flagship event for ladies golf in the country – the South African Women’s Open Ladies European Tour event.
He became a Director of the Mark McNulty Junior Foundation this year and is now on the shortlist for the national PGA Professional of the Year award, to be announced at the end of the year.
Du Toit said his success stems from “a solid foundation” laid by his mentor and three-time South African PGA Professional of the Year Jeff Clause.
“I had the privilege to do my apprenticeship at Sparrebosch/Pezula under Jeff, who is one of the best Golf Directors in the country. He taught me everything I needed to know. This grew my passion for the industry and the love I have to work with people.
“I then went on to work at Simola Country Club Hotel and Spa as their Head professional, This was an amazing learning experience where I was surrounded by great businessmen who taught me how to handle the industry as a business.
“Five years later, I matured enough to be appointed as General Manager of Pezula for two years where I was exposed to different challenges that shaped me into the person I am today.”
No firmly entrenched at San Lameer, he said he’s thoroughly enjoying his time at the club and praised his staff.
“I must say it has been very rewarding. We have made a lot of improvements to the course and the facilities in the last two years and being part of the changes has been exciting and wonderful to see.
“I put my success down to my staff and supporting golf committee. I strongly believe a club manager is only as good as his committee allows him to be and it doesn’t get any better than at San Lameer.”