By Simone Anderson and Lali Stander Photos: GOLFRSA & Lesego Maimane
We caught up with Zinan to learn more about this young gun with the shy smile and deadly drive. When Zinan was four years old, he used to love going with his dad and older brother to the driving range and follow them around on the course, when they played a round. He showed a keen interest in the game and when he turned six, his dad decided to buy him his first set of clubs and enrol him for golf lessons with Daniel Mosebi. At this stage Zinan’s parents main focus was on his older brothers game, who was 10 years old at the time. But as it turned out he did not enjoy the game and ended up throwing in the towel two years down the line, while Zinan continued to shine and fall more and more in love with the game. Within three months of starting competitive golf, Zinan made the top two at the US Kids Golf World Championships qualifiers. By the age of wight, he had achieved Provincial colours, was nominated into the U13 Gauteng North Union team and he has represented his province with distinction ever since. For the first two years of his career, Zinan was coached exclusively by his dad and Daniel Mosebi. His parents then decided that it was time to get him more professional coaching and he was introduced to TuksGolf. He was identified by Tuks Academy, at the age of eight, while representing his province during the U13 Nomads held at the Port Elizabeth Golf Club in 2017. He then joined TuksGolf under Coach Bradley Nienaber, who has subsequently emigrated to Australia, but left Zinan in the good hands of Senior Elite Coach – Emile Steinmann and Head Coach – Llewellyn Van Leeuwen. Although golf is his absolute number one passion, Zinan also loves to play soccer, hockey, cricket and athletics. He specifically enjoys high jump, sprints and middle distance. And like most boys his age, he is also a PlayStation freak.
When I was four years old I used to go with my dad and older brother to their golf practices and matches at Leopard Park in Mafikeng. I would only watch and play around with my brother’s clubs. When we moved to Pretoria in 2014, my dad decided to buy me my own clubs. Then I started taking golf lessons and fell in love with the game.
Yes I do set goals for myself. My goal for the next season is to win the Nomads Under-13 Championship, the Sun City Under-13 Challenge, the Gauteng North Golf Union Under-13 Order of Merit and the SA Kids Golf 11-12 Order of Merit.
The transition is tough, but exciting, as I am going to undergo so much change. I am ready for any obstacles and challenges that might come my way. I think it is going to be an exciting year. I am planning to take part in the Nomads Under-13 Championship, Sun City Under-13 Challenge and the Junior Africa Challenge. When the Covid-19 regulations ease, I would also love to also 1participate in the US Kids European and World Championships.
I enjoy team events very much. They are really nice. If you play badly or if you feel disappointed in your performance on a specific day, your team-mates will always motivate you to do better. At Koro Creek, one of our team members fell ill and had to pull out of the tournament. The pressure was hectic because that meant my scores (good or bad) contributed to the team’s performance. There was no room for mistakes, because I did not want to disappoint my team. I tried hard to stay focused and enjoy the game. I was really proud of myself for the contribution I made in the first two days. Although the last day was disappointing for me, I still made a contribution. I knew my capabilities and I took note of what I need to improve on next time.
My long game is my strength. My coach Llewelyn van Leeuwen has done a great job to ensure that I keep on getting better and better. I still need to improve on my chipping, but since I began working with coach Emile Steinman, I have seen great improvements. We are working really hard to master my craft. I am blessed to be part of the TuksGolf team.
I was super happy that I made history. My goal was always to make the National Squad at the age of 15. I am very honoured to have achieved such a major milestone, especially at my age.
I practised in my backyard. I have a hitting net, chipping net and a putting mat. Immediately after my online school classes, I would work on my game.
I cannot really decide on a favourite, so I am going to give you my top three. In no particular order, it’s my driver, 8-iron and lob-wedge.
My favourite golf course to play is Royal Johannesburg. I would love to play Eye of Africa.
Most definately Louis Oosthuizen, in a heartbeat! Then Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods.
Nope, not yet. I have hit the flag and also lipped the hole many times, but I guess luck has not been on my side just yet, but it is getting closer and closer.
Keeping my head down when putting.
Before you move to the more advanced stuff, get the basics right.
I am a soccer fanatic. I also love playing PlayStation… my favourite PS games are Fortnite and Fall Guys. My favourite song is Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots. Most people think I am 14 years old – he giggles.
If I win one of the national amateur tournaments, I would be so proud of myself. And if I won my age group in the US Kids World Championships, it would be my first international win.
A Dolphin. They are kind, sweet, friendly and very intelligent. That is me in short.
A chicken burger at McDonald’s.
I really like spring, because it is neither cold nor hot.
All screens… The TV, my cellphone and my PlayStation.
A speech, because I am quite shy.
I honestly never had a plan.
The Fast and the Furious. I just really like the movie.
PlayStation games, FiFa to be specific; Sports and Mathematics.
Water and food for survival and cellphone reception to keep in touch with the real world.
I would become a Civil Engineer and take over my dads company.
Kevin Hart. He is a talented actor and I really enjoy his movies.
Tarantula spiders give me the creeps.
Bill Gates. He looks like an amazing person.
I don’t have any.
Staying in my pyjamas the whole day.
France. It looks like a really nice place. I would also like to go to Disneyland Paris. I’m not embarrassed to say that … I can easily spend 30 minutes in the bathroom (LOL).
“It is about to go down” – Kevin Hart.
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