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Seasoned Sunshine Tour Player, Derek James, has joined Southbroom as its resident professional.

Derek is no stranger to Natal and South African golfing circles. He is a class player in his own right and represented South Africa five times before turning professional in 1984. He described himself as a consistent performer on tour with the highlight of his career being winning the Canadian Tournament Players’ Championship at Royal Woodbine, Toronto in 1994.

One of South Africa’s top amateurs, Derek made his provincial debut, ironically for Western Province, while in the navy there. He also represented Transvaal and played for Natal for three years.

Although not a golfer herself, to say that Derek’s wife Sheena knows a fair amount about the game would be an understatement. Sheena has caddied for Derek in at least 50 tournaments and Derek says they work very well together.