Young golf star swinging his way to stardom

Published on 31/01/2009

By Maarufu Mohamed

He is only 10 years old, but he has brushed shoulders and exchanged views with very important persons.

Suheil Hamada is one of the top junior golfers in the country.

He was barely five when he swung his first golf club.

Suheil in action on the golf course. Photo: Maarufu Mohamed

“I used to play with my plastic golf clubs,” said the Standard Five pupil at Jaffery Academy, Mombasa.

“I really admired my elder brother Said Hamada when he was playing and that inspired me to also play golf,” Suheil told Generation Next.

With the encouragement and support of his parents and training under professional golfer, Jimmy King’ori, Suheil has risen to the top of junior golfing in the country.

He has competed in various tournaments organised by companies and inter-school competitions with good results.

“Golf helps me to relax and cope with my academic work. I perform well in school, as it does not interfere with my studies. I am always among the top three in my class,” said Suheil.

He says golfing is not meant for rich people, contrary to popular belief, and any youngster can play and excel.

“When I grow up, I would like to be like Tiger Woods,” he confesses.

(Tiger Woods, an American, was the youngest man to become a top international professional golfer).

Since the formation of the junior golf foundation in 1996, golf amateurs up to age 18 have come up to build a strong golfing nation.

Suheil has some big shoes to fit into, but with his determination to become like Woods, the sky is the limit for this young golf star.

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