Williams Chasing A W at King David Mowbray Golf Club
Cape Town, 21 September 2021: FSP Elite Squad golfer Charles Williams will go in search of a victory in the Deaf Strokeplay when the Cape Town Disabled Open hosted by The City of Cape Town tees off at King David Mowbray Golf Club.
Williams – the 2019 Western Province Deaf Golfer of the Year – has been entrenched in the upper-echelons of disabled golf for some time now. In the 2019 Canon SA Disabled Golf Open held at Magalies Park, he earned a four-shot victory over Daren Hanekom in the Deaf Medal category.
In the Canon Kwazulu-Natal Disabled Open last month, Williams made a slow start to his Canon Open Series campaign. Rounds of 88 and 80 consigned the First Swing Program coach to a runner-up spot behind Jay Jay Botha, some six shots adrift.
Back at his home track for the second event of the Open Series, Williams said that a victory would be a proud moment indeed.
“I’d be speechless if I was to pull off the victory because I’d be incredibly proud of my achievement,” said Williams.
Williams has been Deaf since he was an infant after meningitis resulted in the loss of his hearing. Yet were it not for this unfortunate happening, Williams is unlikely to have made the tremendous impact he has on the SADGA in recent years.
Demonstrating his versatility, Williams coaches both Deaf golfers and physically-disabled individuals too. From Physically Disabled students at Eros, Filia and Thembalethu to one-on-one lessons with arm-amputee Yaaseen Dollie and leg-amputee Anda Mthulu, Williams has helped them enjoy and learn more about the game.
Moreover, he coaches a number of Deaf golfers from Dominican and Mary Kihn Schools respectively. The presence of a few of them in the field at King David Mowbray is testament to the wonderful progress they have made under Williams’ tutelage.
Williams implored his charges to enjoy the experience and not let the pressure get to them.
“My FSP golfers must not feel any pressure. It’s normal to be nervous when you tee off but after that I want them to smile when they stand over the golf ball,” he explained.
“I hope that if I was to win the event I’d be able to show my pupils that they can win one day too!”
Williams has also completed his first year of his PGA degree. During his first year, and undoubtedly in the years to come – Williams’ understanding of the various aspects of coaching and the game in general will only deepen and allow him to continue to mould the next generation of Deaf golfing talent in the country.
With two bites of the cherry – as a player and as a coach – the odds of enjoying a memorable week at King David Mowbray Golf Club are certainly in Charles Williams’ favour.