Meet Tokollo - the female golf star, 12, who beat President Ramaphosa

Meet Tokollo - the female golf star, 12, who beat President Ramaphosa

- Tokollo Dlamini is a 12-year-old female making her mark in the world of golf

- Tokollo can already boast about beating President Cyril Ramaphosa at his own game when the pair teed off earlier this year

- The youngster was drawn to golf at the age of 8 as her mother works as a waitress at the Kempton Park Golf Club

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Tokollo Dlamini is a young lady making her presence felt in the world of golf.

The 12-year-old can already boast about beating President Cyril Ramaphosa at the long game, after her drive went further than his.

The pair enjoyed a mini-game in February amidst the State of the Nation festivities and Tokollo revealed the nerves she felt.

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She said, “I enjoyed myself, but when I got introduced to the president I was so nervous to a point where I cried.”

The Citizen reported that Ramaphosa said he wanted to adopt Tokollo after meeting her as she quickly grew on him.

Tokollo’s mother, Linah, introduced her daughter to the game of golf as she works at the Kempton Park Golf Club.

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Being a single mother, she looked for ways to keep Tokollo away from bad influences and the sport was the perfect option.

Tokollo started playing at the age of eight and entered her first tournament at 10 years of age.

The talented golfer proceeded to win tournaments at Vaal de Grace, Blair Atholl and Emfuleni golf estates. understands that the Kempton Park Golf Club is nurturing 40 young golfers across Ekurhuleni, which members are financing privately.

Chairperson Gregory Kruger has called on government to assist as the club requires a minimum of R1 million.

Kruger has grown very fond of Tokollo and said, “In my heart she is like my daughter.”

It hasn’t all come easy for Tokollo as the young lady has already experienced severe bullying at her school.

However, Linah always encourages her daughter to stay humble and remain kind to others.

Tokollo revealed her ambition to become the first black woman to design a golf course.

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