17th November 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf
Kamte primed for Battle of the Giants
GLENDOWER (17 November 2014) – Five-time champion James Kamte is ready to battle his way back to the top and the Eastern Cape golfer hopes a sense of familiarity at Glendower Golf Club will spark a return to form when he tees it up in the IGT Tour’s Battle of Giants on Tuesday.
Kamte won the 2009 Asian Tour International in Thailand, but his once-flourishing career was derailed in 2010 when he broke his hand and injured his knee in a skateboarding accident while competing in Singapore.
A year later, Kamte captured his fourth Sunshine Tour title at this year’s SA Open venue when he defeated Dawie van der Walt at the first extra hole to win the 2011 BMG Classic.
“Coming back to Glendower brings back a flood of happy memories and I’m counting on the magic of this place to spark my return,” Kamte said.
“We have three weeks off before the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open, so I’m really thankful that the IGT Tour is hosting the Battle of the Giants to keep us competitive. My main target will stability, not scoring.
“I’ve had some serious balance issues due to the knee, especially when I’m striking the ball. I’ve worked hard on regaining stability over the last two months and I’ve been hitting the gym again with a passion.
“I feel match fit and good about my game and a solid performance in the Battle of Giants will go a long way in restoring my confidence. I’m really hungry to win again.”
Kamte will join host of fellow Sunshine Tour pros, including former SA Masters champion Desvonde Botes, former Sunshine Tour champion Andrew McClardy, Jaco Ahlers, Ryan Tipping and IGT Tour graduates CJ du Plessis and Jacques Kruyswijk in chasing down the R15,000 first prize, while the 27-strong amateur entry will get a good work out competing against the pros.
Ten months since he won the 2013 IGT Tour Race to Q-School series with a runner-up finish at Glendower and went on to secure his card for the Sunshine Tour, Callum Mowat will also draw on positive memories to serve up a solid performance.
“It’s always nice to come back to a course where you performed well,” the Modderfontein rookie said.
“It puts you in a great frame of mind before you even tee off. I’m counting on the next three days to spark a little magic for me before the Cape Town Open.”
Mowat has risen to 50th in the rankings and wants to take advantage at his the first big-money event.
“It’s been a season of highs and lows with the pre-qualifiers,” the 22-year-old said. “No-one tells you how tough that can be mentally. Now that I am exempt into the Cape Town Open, I definitely want to be ready to rumble, because it’s the chance to make decent money and improve my ranking for next year.
“Having the Battle of Giants during the break will definitely help me to keep me competitive edge.”
Mowat competed on the country’s premier development Tour as an amateur last year and looks forward to watching the next wave of talent in action over the next three days.
“I know how exciting it was for me to line up with the pros and to test myself,” he said.
“Competing against the pros takes your game to whole new level. You focus more and work extra hard to stay in the mix. I look forward to seeing some of my mates, as long as they don’t outplay me.”