Du Plooy Chasing Consistency At CT Disabled Open
Cape Town, 21 September 2021: Johan Du Plooy is hoping to card two consistent rounds of golf when the Cape Town Disabled Open hosted by The City of Cape Town tees off at King David Mowbray Golf Club.
After biting his tongue around the age of 1-years-old where an external bleed became an internal bleed, Johan’s parents were given the news that he was a haemophiliac. As fate would have it, Johan’s brother Pieter too suffers from haemophilia yet neither of them has allowed the condition to stop them from living a full life.
Johan attended mainstream school throughout primary and high school, earning provincial colours in both tennis and chess while also receiving recognition at school for his academic and musical exploits. He parlayed his affinity for academics into a degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pretoria.
It was while studying that Johan discovered yet another talent – table tennis. He made rapid progress with paddle in hand, earning his provincial colours at U/21 level before receiving University colours as the second-best player in the country.
In the mid-nineties Johan and brother Pieter were asked whether they’d be interested in taking up disabled table tennis. They accepted and have been on an amazing journey ever since. The pair has won numerous national and international titles and at one point Johan was the simultaneous holder of the South African, All-African and Middle East titles respectively. Johan also had the honour of representing Team South Africa on multiple occasions.
A member of the SADGA for a number of years, Johan has also earned provincial colours for golf and was integral to Team North’s victory at the 2020 SADGA Provincial Challenge. Our resident statistician, he is responsible for capturing all the data necessary to generate the Race To The Challenge Cup rankings.
Married and with a son and daughter, Johan is a very active member of Zwartkop Country Club. Currently off a Handicap Index of 12.1, Du Plooy is looking forward to teeing it up at King David Mowbray Golf Club.
“I’ve played there a few times and I’m looking forward to playing there again. I’m trying to get in as many competition rounds before the event as I can,” commented Du Plooy.
“A good result for me would be to play two rounds of 82, which should be competitive.”
Du Plooy was very complimentary of the Canon Open Series concept – a series of four regional opens which culminates in a Champion of Champions event. While the series is a re-imagining of the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Les Autres golfer suggested he’d like to see the concept retained in future.
“I think it is an excellent concept. Regional events should be par for the course going forward,” he said.
The SADGA wishes Johan Du Plooy everything of the best at the Cape Town Disabled Open hosted by The City of Cape Town.
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