Kamte hopes to ride good form

2011-11-11 12:05

Johannesburg - South African James Kamte will aim to build on his solid form when the Gary Player Invitational starts at Zimbali Country Club on Friday.

A four-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, Kamte has made a number of appearances at the event and has a liking for the coastal layout.

"I've played a couple of these events before, but I'm grateful to be here," Kamte said.

"I've played here [Zimbali] once and I finished third.

"I remember because it was one of my best finishes when I was just starting out as a pro.

"I think I recall the course a bit, but the golf course is the same for everyone, and I really like this one."

Kamte, fresh off a win two weeks ago at Glendower, said he would adopt the same mental approach.

"My mental preparation that week was very good," he said.

"I set myself a lot of goals and I've managed to achieve some of them, so this week will be about assessing where I am with my game.

"For my mind, going into the big events, I just have to be in the right place [mentally] and just keep doing what I did two weeks ago."

Fellow South African George Coetzee, ranked 92nd in the world, will lead the local charge in his second successive appearance at the event.

Coetzee had a breakthrough season on the European Tour this year, boasting seven top-10 finishes to leave him 26th on the money list.

He said he welcomed the break from his regular season schedule.

"For myself and the other Sunshine Tour professionals, it is a great way to stay competitive ahead of the big tournaments coming up later this month," Coetzee said.

"The competition side of things is really a by-product of what we are really playing for, namely charity.

"I really enjoy the atmosphere and I think it is a wonderful opportunity for us to raise funds for the children who need our support and commitment."

"Every time you get the opportunity to listen to Gary Player, you walk away with incredible insights.

"To have a chance to get some insights from someone who won the SA Open a record 13 times will be invaluable."

Other regular SA professionals at the tournament include Jaco van Zyl, sporting a different look with a moustache for November, and Lee-Anne Pace who returns as the only local female in the field.