17 Jan 2022
Zethu Myeki - on the up with Investec behind her
Two years into professional golf, Eastern Cape born Zethu Myeki is the latest talent to join Investec's stable of women pros. Currently ranked 26th on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, Myeki says she's excited about the possibilities of 2022 and is honoured that Investec "took a chance" on her.
Highlight of career
Representing South Africa seven times
When did you start playing golf?
How has your golf career progressed?
I started playing golf on a soccer field back in Mdantsane (East London) where I was born and raised. When I started I was part of the South African Golf Development Board.
Everything changed in 2015 when I joined the Ernie Els& Fancourt Foundation and Women's Golf South Africa. That's when I learned the importance of the mind in this game, and also I could play all the tournaments I wanted to play. As a result that year I went from being number 42 in the Country to number 3 in 11 months.
Turning professional has always been one of my dreams I was just waiting for the right time and 2021 was the right time for me.
Your top moment from 2021?
Winning the Standard Bank Pro-Am at the Parkview Golf Club. As my maiden win, I will never forget that moment.
Your most challenging moment in 2021?
Realising that I would have to limit how often I competed due to lack of funds.
What did 2021 teach you?
Everything happens for a reason. God's time is the right time.
If you could go back and speak to your 12-year-old self, what advice would you give her?
Appreciate that you are perfect just the way you are.
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
I see myself playing amongst the best players in the world and holding my own. Ideally, I want to be number one! One of my dreams is to give back to the game of golf because I believe if it wasn't for the support I have received when I started to this day I wouldn't be where I am right now.
What advice would you give young women who want to make a profession of playing golf?
I believe a great golfer works hard, is committed and persevering. I have applied this to my game and it has helped me. Anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and Just keep going eventually things work out. I'm a great example.
What do you believe can be achieved in the South African women’s golfing fraternity through Investec’s sponsorship of the South African Women’s Open?
It is a great opportunity to grow women's golf in South Africa and abroad.
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How do you cope with nerves?
Take a deep breath and say positive affirmations
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I felt honoured when Investec approached me because all I ever wanted was for a company to take a chance on me. Now I can do what I love. I'm super excited to be part of the team!
How did your upbringing shape who you are today?
I have come from a previously disadvantaged position, but this has not deterred me from following my dreams and ambitions in life. I regard myself as someone with a positive attitude and driven to be the best person and golf player I can be. I am a very resilient person and always willing to learn. My strongest trait in life is that I am a good problem solver and decision-maker, which I believe has helped me in my life in general and in my golf game.
What's the one improvement or change that you would like to make in the game of golf?
For the prize fund to be equal to our male counterparts.
How do you keep a healthy balance between your personal life and your career?
I have a schedule and routines that I follow consistently. From Monday to Friday I play golf. And I go to the gym every morning. Saturday I play with members and Sunday is "me time."
If you could play the last round of golf in your life with anyone, who would you choose?
Ernie Els, as he has done a lot for the golfing industry and I admire him.
What do you enjoy most about being a professional golfer?
I get to do what I love for a living. Not a lot of people can say that!
If you weren't a golfer what would you have become and why?
A doctor because I am passionate about helping people.