16-YEAR-OLD Megan Streicher made history at the recent SA High Schools Tournament at Koro Creek where she won the individual title with a score of 140. Megan was a member of the team of Somerset College that was placed 7th in the team event.
Streicher is currently the 2nd ranked junior in SA Golf and in the Open Division the 4th ranked player.
Her consistency in open tournament golf can be seen by her performances in her last five events:
• 5th in the Southern Cape Open Tournament with a score of 228;
• 5th in the North Gauteng Open with a score of 227;
• 5th in the Limpopo Open with a score of 227;
• 4th in the WGSA 72 Hole Teams Championship 2019 with a score of 296;
• 3rd SA Women’s Match Play.
Herewith a number of questions and answers from this very talented golfer from Swellendam.
QUESTION: How did you start playing golf?
STREICHER: I was introduced to golf from a young age. I often caddied for my parents, Dad Barry and Mum Erica, and then when I was eleven, I got my own set of clubs and started playing.
QUESTION: Did you participate in other sports as well?
STREICHER: In Primary School I enjoyed hockey and tennis, but once I was introduced to golf it became my number one sport.
QUESTION: How did you enjoy to be part of the tug of war team at school?
STREICHER: I definitely enjoyed tug of war - especially the great team spirit.
QUESTION: Did you play and practice a lot at Swellendam and did the club management supported your training efforts?
STREICHER: I tried to get to the course around 3 times a week. Juniors at Swellendam Golf Club are supported well by the club and even though they do not have a range they made a plan for me to practice.
QUESTION: Did you play as a junior in the club championship of Swellendam?
STREICHER: From 2014 I played in the Club Champs at Swellendam. I came 1st in the B-Division and managed to win the A-Division the following 2 years.
QUESTION: Did you receive coaching in golf?
STREICHER: My father was my coach up until I was 11 then I attended lessons with Anna Becker-Frankel at Devonvale Golf Club. Currently, I am being coached by Murray Smit of the EOGA Golf Academy at Erinvale.
QUESTION: What are some of the important lessons you have learned from your coaches?
STREICHER: Anna taught me how you must always stay positive and how important your short game is.
Murray means so much to me and always motivates me through my good and bad tournaments. He has shown me how hardworking and dedicated you must be to achieve your goals.
QUESTION: Your first tournament win as a junior?
STREICHER: I won a SA Kids tournament when I was 12.
QUESTION: At what age did you start playing provincial golf?
STREICHER: I got my provincial colors for golf when I was 13.
QUESTION: In May this year you excelled in a World Junior Tournament in Indonesia. Tell us more about the tournament.
STREICHER: When I played in the Ciputra Golfpreneur Junior World Championships held at Jakarta, I had rounds of 72,71 and 81. I came 3rd in the Girls Division 15-18 years. In this tournament, I learned how patient you must be and that you must always stay positive on the course.
QUESTION: With what golf equipment do you play?
STREICHER: I play with Taylormade M4 woods and Callaway XR irons.
QUESTION: What is your weekly practice routine?
STREICHER: I practice 5 times a week and spend a lot of time on putting.
QUESTION: Lowest round?
STREICHER: 67 at Erinvale.