“My high school years were difficult because I had to carry my school books in a backpack every day and walk long distances to get to school. I hated that and couldn’t wait to end school.”
Unfortunately Du Toit failed his matric year but as it turned out, it was a beautiful blessing in disguise!
“After I failed my final year I had to work on the farm as a labourer. In the meanwhile, I said to myself I had to finish matric so I attended Astra Special School in 1990. That was the most wonderful year of school in my entire life because I could relate to the students and the great teachers.”
Despite his physical limitations, sport has always been a part of Du Toit’s life. Most notably he helped found Elgin Cricket Club for whom he featured as a left-handed batsman from 1983. He was so determined to play cricket that a teammate would serve as his runner between the wickets.
It wasn’t until 2008 though that the married father-of-two got his first real taste of golf, in the company of his brother and brother-in-law at Riverside Golf Club in Worcester. Two years later, the seeds of what has since become a fruitful disabled golf career were planted.
“In 2010, I had a meeting with a man by the name of Michael Bredenkamp. He was a member of SADGA and explained what the association did. I immediately signed up as a member and have enjoyed every moment of it!
Du Toit hasn’t just enjoyed his time with SADGA, he has excelled. In his SA Disabled Open debut in 2012 at Langebaan Golf Club, the Les Autres* golfer enjoyed a week which exceeded his expectations in every respect.
“What an awesome experience. The professionalism, the publicity and the overall organisation was mind-blowing.”
Just as memorable was the result he achieved!
“The cherry on top was when I won the Les Autres* stableford division. I only found out after I came from the shower and my playing partners congratulated me on the win. I was nervous the whole time because I didn’t know all the rules!”
Du Toit reserved special praise for his playing partner that day, longtime SADGA member Jenny Frost.
“I have so much respect for Jenny because she made me feel at ease all the way around. She is such a great lady and a wonderful friend!”