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Introducing WGSA number one Kajal Mistry

29 Dec 2016

WGSA Senior and Junior Number One Kajal Mistry

Randpark golfer Kajal Mistry put an exclamation point on a watershed season as the number one ranked player on the Senior and the joint number one Junior on the Womens Golf South Africa standings.

Did you know Kajal only finished outside the top 10 once throughout the 2016 season? We caught up with Kajal to find out more about her affinity for music, roast chicken and 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson and the things that make this 16-year-old rising star from Bryanston tick.

FULL NAME
Kajal Mistry

BORN
Johannesburg

RESIDENCE
Bryanston

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2016 victories include the Ekurhuleni Open, Boland Open, Mpumalanga Open and KwaZulu-Natal Junior Championship
Represented Womens Golf South Africa at the 8th Albatross International Golf Championship India
Member of victorious Gauteng in the 2015 and 2016 SA Women’s Inter-Provincial and 72-Hole Teams Championships

TELL US FIVE THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW
I have a brown belt in karate
I don’t eat spicy food
I played number one for my school’s tennis team
I listen to music 24/7
I used to play the guitar

STILL ON MY BUCKET LIST
I want to take a whole month and explore Europe
I want to own my own golf course
I want to play at Augusta National

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE START OF YOUR GOLFING CAREER
My dad introduced my brother and me to golf by taking us to the range at a young age.

DO YOU SET YOURSELF GOALS?
I do set myself goals and my goal for 2017 is to achieve national colours representing SA.

WHO ARE YOUR ROLE MODELS?
My parents are my greatest role models because they are dedicated, loving and accepting parents and I aspire to be just like them when I grow up.

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESS OF YOUR GAME?
I think my game is still under construction and that strengths and weaknesses change week on week, depending on what you’re working on.

WHAT ARE YOUR BEST AND WORST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES?
My best experience was flying with Cassandra (Hall) to compete in the Albatross International Golf Championship in India and my worst was a flight home from George when I was terribly sick.

TOURNAMENT OR MAJOR YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO WIN?
I’d love to win the British Women’s Open because of its stature and the history and tradition of the championship.

WHAT SONG WOULD THEY PLAY FOR YOU AT THE FIRST TEE?
Right Here by Jess Glynne because there is no place I’d rather be than on the golf course.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE HOME-COOKED MEAL?
My mom’s roast chicken.

 

THREE MUST-HAVE ITEMS IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON AN ISLAND?
A lob wedge and a golf ball to practice bunker shots and my I-pod, naturally.

 

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD
Different.

 

WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING YOU’VE EVER EATEN?
Oysters in Knysna last January.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a golfer.

WHAT WOULD YOU ASK FOR IF YOU WERE GRANTED THREE WISHES?
An unlimited bank account, more hours in the day and more wishes.

TWO THINGS YOU’RE REALLY GOOD AT?
Selective hearing and tennis.

 

WHO WOULD BE IN YOUR DREAM PAIRING?
Henrik Stenson and myself.

AND IN YOUR FANTASY FOURBALL?
Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.

 

WHICH ACTRESS WOULD YOU PICK TO PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE ABOUT YOUR LIFE?
Jenifer Lawrence; she’s independent and she wouldn’t have to get a haircut.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? 
Losing someone close to me.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNGSTERS JUST STARTING THE GAME?
Golf can get very hard at times, but if you stay patient and practice hard, it is a game that will reward you in the greatest ways.

 

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