Although there has been very little talk about Kiran Matharu by South African media, she has been a key inclusion to bring additional international experience to the Sunshine Ladies Tour. In the first two events she finished 3rd at the Supersport Ladies Challenge and T2nd at the SA Women’s Masters which included out of the six rounds three rounds below Par (67, 70, 69), one even Par round and two over Par rounds ( 74, 73). Matharu earned R63,760.00 in two events and currently positioned 2nd on Order of Merit.
Her international experience and exposure she brings to the PinkStig Dream Team is evident by how the ladies has taken on to tapping into her mind of golf. This is the expected influence between our local pro’s and an international player such as Matharu. At one stage in her career she was highlighted to become one of the leading women players of the world, until she sustained an injury ‘a blocked hip’. This has robbed her from about eight years of competition and during her years of rehabilitation she continued to develop her game technically and mentally and has physically become a stronger player of the game. She is commonly known on the LET (Ladies European Tour) as the ‘ come back kid’ and often referred to as a former ‘teenage prodigy’ coming out of the Faldo Series Development Programme and in 2004/5 she was crowned the Faldo Series Girls’ Champion. In 2006, she was awarded the Sony Entertainment Asia female junior sports personality of the year 2006 for the second successive year.
She turned professional in August 2006 after winning the English Ladies Amateur title and finished 15th in her first professional tournament. At the age of 18 in 2007, she had yet to learn how to drive a car when she won a brand new Volvo XC70 at the Volvo Cross Country Challenge.
In 2016 she played in eight events on the LET Access Series and the Hero Women’s Indian Open, which was her third start on the LET following the Tipsport Golf Masters and ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. She took five weeks off from golf in the middle of the season and when she returned she recorded three top 10 finishes from four events, including a second, third and seventh place.
Unimedia first invited Matharu as a guest pro player at the inaugural launch of the PinkStig Invitational held at Sun City in November 2016. She shot an even par round and displayed her brand of golf with gusto and precision. Her dad, Amarjit Matharu works tirelessly with his daughter as her caddy and it is indeed a wonderful sight to experience the devotion they display to each other off and on the course. With her dad in her corner, her challenges, setbacks and comebacks would we expect anything less than a continuous success on the Sunshine Ladies Tour? Follow her and the rest of the PinkStig Dream Team in action on the SA Womens Open starting 26 January at San Lameer Golf Estate.