Already the Sunshine Ladies Tour season has reached its climax with PinkStig Pro Kiran Matharu in the No1 spot on the Order of Merit, Chase to Investec Cup.
Kiran has led the Order of Merit for the last six weeks and although there has not been much hype about it, her career as a Pro golfer should be highlighted and celebrated. Her attraction to golf at a young age, her rise and then her sudden blocked hip injury which flung her into the dark for almost eight years, her recovery and rehabilitation, her return to professional golf and choosing South Africa to compete and become competitively fit again.
She is commonly known on the Ladies European Tour as the ‘comeback kid’ and often referred to as a former ‘teenage prodigy’ coming out of the Faldo Series Development Programme. Matharu says of her successes on the Sunshine Tour: “I came down to South Africa to get competitive experience before the season in Europe kicks off and my goal was to put myself in contention every week so I could make the final. I think my chances are pretty good now, but I’m going to keep on pushing.”
Kiran has accomplished what she and her dad had set out to achieve and is ready for the Chase to Investec Final. Kiran’s performances has injected a new sense of colour, feel of golf without apology for simply being great at the game and showing an attitude of steel playing week in and week out under pressure. Kiran in fact shrugs off the idea that she folds under pressure and instead says: “it’s what my game feeds off ‘pressure’ so I welcome it and I get excited when I wake up in the morning knowing I have to go out there and close the game on my opponents”
Kiran’s worst result this year on the Sunshine Ladies Tour was 13th at the Cape Town Ladies Open. She had two finishes inside the top 10 and 6 inside the top 5 and currently is the title holder of the Ladies Tshwane Open. Her success on the course is attributed to her consistent play and level headedness, which is largely the influence of her dad and who is her caddy at the same time. Kiran’s story is very much like our own South African Legend Sally Little and her dad ‘Percy’ and that of Tiger Woods and his Dad.
Kiran makes no secret of the fact, that although it’s been confusing for her regarding the whole order of merit format, or whether she has won the Sunshine Ladies Tour Order of Merit or whether it will only be determined this weekend with only the top ten players competing at the ultra private Millvale Golf Estate in the North West Province just outside of Rustenburg and owned by Investec, the investment bank. For now Kiran content’s herself knowing she is the leader on the Sunshine Ladies Tour Order of Merit.
Play starts tomorrow 10th March and Kiran Matharu will not be alone and will have by her side her fellow PinkStig Pro Carrie Park who has been the great gift to SA women’s golf 2017. Read more about Carrie Park in the follow up article tomorrow morning before tee off at the Final of the Chase to Investec.