Monique Smit firmly believes that where there’s a will, there’s a way. The 24-year-old hails from George, South Africa. Her love for golf stems from the complex challenges it presents and the push to overcome such hurdles. It provides one with the opportunity to excel everyday and to be the best version of oneself.
It is not without its sacrifices though. Monique had to sacrifice a normal schooling experience for that of private home schooling, so that golf and the opportunities it presented, such as overseas tournaments, would always be at the forefront. She enjoys a relaxed but dedicated training regimen that follows a simple ethos: ‘commitment to myself and trust in myself.’
Monique believes that women’s golf is South Africa is very promising, but still has a long way to go. She is confident, however, that with a joint effort women’s golf has a bright future. Monique is currently doing a PGA course so that she can further her golfing knowledge and help others achieve their golfing goals and dreams. The best advice she can give young, aspiring golfers is to ‘work hard and keep setting clear and precise goals for yourself.’
Monique hopes to embody the ideals of her childhood hero, Annika Sorenstam. She greatly admires Annika for the way she played, the motivation that led to her success and lastly, her mental sharpness.