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Pravesh Govender scooped the prestigious Player of the Year award while Ricky Naidoo and Graham Fabricius were named Sportsman of the Year and Most Promising Player of the Year respectively at the Pro-Vision Awards held at Action Sports Bar in Marburg on Saturday.
The golf and social club, established in 2007, celebrated another successful year in which veterans reminded of their class, future stars emerged and membership numbers soared to approximately 70.
The top trio, all members of Port Shepstone Country Club as well, were full value for their respective awards after producing spectacular performances throughout the year.
Club captain Govender was a central figure on and off the greens this year and his efforts yielded him four awards.
The 40-year-old Oslo Beach golfer won the Player of the Year gong for the second time as well as the Mug of Mugs, courtesy of a career-best 77 at Wild Coast Sun Country Club, the league champion trophy – which he and Naidoo shared – and the best nett of the year accolade.
“I put in a lot of hard work this year, so to win the award is very rewarding. It’s a real honour and to win it again after so many years is pretty special,” Govender, who plays off a 15 handicap, told eHowzit.
“It’s been a great year for me personally and for the club as a whole. Provision is going from strength to strength and we’re developing a number of promising players.
“That’s our main goal, to develop youngsters, and that’ll be our focus again next year.”
Sportsman of the Year Naidoo produced one of the most memorable moments of the year when he hit a hole-in-one with a nine iron and a slight draw from the back tee of the fifth in Port Shepstone Country Club’s centenary competition.
The 57-year-old Port Shepstone golfer was also a monthly mug winner and consistently finished in the top five in weekly competitions.
“It’s a pleasure to win the award…I’m quite surprised,” Naidoo, who plays off an 11 handicap, told eHowzit.
“It was a very tough year and a lot of hard work, but it’s paid off.”
Naidoo added the close-knit nature of Pro-Vision makes it a special club.
“It’s a magic club. It’s a very good bunch of guys and we help each other out. I’ll always be a part of Pro-Vision.”
Fabricius, meanwhile, won the Most Promising Player of the Year award after winning the club championships and finishing the year with the best gross.
“It feels good to be rewarded with the Most Promising Player award because it’s nice to know that others can see that I’m improving and heading towards pro, which is my goal,” the 22-year-old Shelly Beach golfer told eHowzit.
“Winning the club champs was very nice because of there not being any handicaps, so it came down to who played the best and who shot the lowest score.”
Fabricius has only been playing for three-and-a-half years and makes up for lost time by spending six hours per day and four to six days a week on his game.
He currently plays from scratch and is looking to refine his game even more in the next few months as he continues to pursue his dream of a pro career.
“I’m almost where I want to be; I made a lot of progress this year and I’m very close to getting to that next level,” he said.
“There are just a few more fixes required all-round in my game, and if I can get that sorted – especially in KZN events – I could be heading to Q-School to qualify for my pro card and turn pro this time next year, but I’m going to have to work extra hard.”