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Kana joins Ernie's Foundation

One of the SA Golf Development Board's brightest prospects, 16-year old Fezekile Kana from Port Elizabeth, has taken one step further towards a successful career in golf. Kana joined the elite Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation (EEFF) in January when he moved into the foundation's residence in George.

Kana moved into the Fancourt hostel on 16 January together with 5 other new members who will all be schooling in George.

Kana joined the SAGDB programme in 2004 and almost immediately showed potential. Within a year he had brought his handicap down to 13 and was selected for the Eastern Cape development team to play at the SA Games in Durban.

By 2006 he had earned a place in the Eastern Province u/14 provincial team and was also selected for the u/16 team in the same year.

2007 brought one of the highlights of his career when he was selected for the Eastern Province u/23 team to play in the national inter-provincial tournament at the age of just 15. He was also chosen for the SAGDB team to compete for the Johann Rupert Trophy against the EEFF, which is where he was noticed by the foundation's management.

"Fezekile is very deserving of this selection," said the SAGDB's manager for Eastern Province, John Bailey. "He's a real gentleman and really wants to do well. This is the best thing that could have happened to him."

Kana completed his Grade 10 at Coselelani Secondary School in Motherwell last year. He is a hardworking youngster and is performing well academically.

"He's a role model for our kids in Eastern Province," Bailey said. "If you think where he comes from, it shows that you can get there. Now golf will be his career."

Kana's selection to the EEFF also confirms the strength of the relationship between the SAGDB and the foundation. The two bodies share the aim of discovering and supporting talented players from underprivileged areas that might otherwise be lost to the sport.