SA Kids Golf

‘BaBa’ is second best in the world

He was runner-up at the world championships in Malaysia

07 January 2014 | Annalie Anticevich


Baba_LeslieLA-VELLE “BaBa” Clark-Halket was second runner-up at the world championships in Malaysia from November 30 to December 5.

His dad, Leslie, said the tournament was tough and there were great players as La-Velle competed against the world’s best in the age 8 category.

On December 15 he took first place after having shot a score which nobody could chase at the SA Kids Benoni.

La-Velle said the world championships was his wish come true, as he now knew he was now one of the world’s best golfers in his age group and could compete at world class level.

He is currently second on the world rankings in his age group.

His home club is still Avion Park Golf Club. Clark-Halket said they had numerous offers from different clubs since they returned from Malaysia.

“We are staying in Kempton Park as it would be nice to have another world champ coming from Kempton, just like Ernie Els,” Clark-Halket said.

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Jonges droom net gholf

Hulle het by die SA Kids Golf presteer

09 July 2013


Jonges droom net gholf - SA Kids GolfTWEE graad 2 seuns droom van gholf terwyl ander skoolkinders vakansie hou.

La-Velle Clark-Halket het ‘n tweede plek by die SA Kids Junior Tour gekry en Corne Jansen was agste. Beide is in Laerskool Kruinsig.

Hulle het by Wingate Buiteklub in Pretoria teen meer as 30 spelers in die ouderdomskategorie 7-8 jaar van regoor Suid-Afrika meegeding.

La-Velle het ‘n syfer van 44 gespeel wat hom in die tweede plek gesit het vir die dag. Corne het 51 geslaan en het ‘n agste plek gekry.

La-Velle se pa, Leslie Clark-Halket, sê vandat Eben Uys hierdie twee Kruinsig-mannetjies afrig, het hulle al groot name op die SA Kids Tour geklop.
La-Velle, wat ‘n lid is by Avionpark is, speel elke Saterdag kompetisie saam die groot manne. So ook Corne wat by Benoni speel.

Benewens dit is die twee elke dag by Living Waters Driving Range om te oefen.

Die volgende toernooi waaraan die twee gaan deelneem is op 21 Julie en in Augustus is dit die Africa Junior Challenge by Zebula Country Club, waar daar 52 lande oor vyf dae sal meeding.

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He could play golf before he could read

La-Velle Clark-Halket – Sa Kids Golf – He strives to become the youngest winner of the Masters

10 September 2012 | Annalie Anticevich


He could play golf before he could readA 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.

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