He wants to compete against the world’s best
01 November 2012 | Annalie Anticevich
LA-VELLE Clark-Halket (7) is training hard for the world golf qualifier after failing to qualify for the European qualifier.
Clark-Halket recently started training with a new coach, Eben Uys, who is based at Living Waters Driving Range in Glen Marais.
La-Velle competed at the European qualifier on October 27 and 28 at Bronkhorstspruit Country Club. Although not qualifying, he still had among the best scores which qualified him to go to Scotland for three days to compete with the best in his age group in Scotland.
To qualify, the minimum required score over the two days was 92.
Dad Leslie said the weather on the first day did not really allow for a good round of golf, but La-Velle shot a 52.
“It was definitely also one of the most difficult courses we have played this year. Given the 52 on the first day, he had to shoot a 40 the next day to get his score of 92.
“With Eben’s expertise he lead La-Velle to a magnificent 42, which did not qualify him for the European tour, but he came in at fourth place with a score of 94, missing the requirement with two strokes.”
There are four tournaments left for the year, as the last one will be the world qualifier in December, for which Clark-Halket is training hard.
“He will not let a two-stroke shortfall in the European qualifier dampen his focus and concentration going forward,” his dad said.
La-Velle Clark-Halket – Sa Kids Golf – He strives to become the youngest winner of the Masters
10 September 2012 | Annalie Anticevich
A seven-year-old golf player strives to become the youngest winner of the Masters.
La-Velle Clark-Halket, who started his school career this year, developed an interest in golf at the age of five while playing in the backyard of his parent’s home.
Dad Leslie said La-Velle found a 9-iron in the yard and decided to take a few swings.
”He had no previous interest or knowledge of the game but as time went by he became intrigued by it. Once we have noticed he was becoming more and more interested, we took him to a veld to hit a few balls around. Before we knew it, he had developed his own ‘swing’ and we saw he definitely had a talent.”
They took La-Velle to Kempton Park Golf Club where he got his first set of junior golf clubs. He was very excited and spent almost every minute outside with his new clubs.
In May La-Velle took part in his first tournament at Kempton Park Golf Club. “He made an amazing putt on the fifth hole which made him the talk of the tournament, as it actually was a tournament for 10-13 year olds.”
In July La-Velle played in the the SA Kids Golf Tournament at Kyalami Golf Club where he scored 55, which put him at at ninth place in his age group out of 112 participants.
In August La-Velle took part in his next tournament through SA Kids Golf at Southdowns Golf Club. His play had radically improved. He scored 45 to come fifth.
Clark-Halket said La-Velle drives well and exceeds 200m to 220m. The thing he practices mostly is his bunker shots.
Dad and son also play nine holes on Saturdays and Sundays and they never seem to miss this commitment.
Clark-Halket said La-Valle’s dream is to become the youngest winner of the The Masters Tournament. His idols are Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk.
He recently started with golf lessons with Craig Lavita, a coach at Kempton Park Country Club. “We believe this will only lead to a more disciplined approach to the game, on and off the field,” Clark-Halket said.