How pro golfer Anthony Michael almost ended up in a whole different ball game.
Some people are just born to play sport. Joburg pro golfer Anthony Michael, proudly sponsored by Rudy Project, is one of those. Having gotten his first taste of what was to become his career at just three years old, he took naturally to the sport and his career has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Now totally at home on the green – he spends a whopping 5 to 6 hours a day on it – it’s hard to believe that golf wasn’t always his calling.
In his school-going years, Anthony made his mark as a sportsman, achieving provincial colours for soccer and later going on to represent South Africa in baseball. He headed over to the United States to pursue his dream. ”I played baseball for South Africa on a trip to Japan when I was 10,” Anthony explains. ”I was going to go to the United States to play baseball, but the sport kind of died in South Africa, so I decided golf was the way to go.”
He got a scholarship to Oklahoma City University in 2005, and in addition to a BSc in Business Administration, gained tremendously in his golfing career. He won five collegiate events, and soon after turned pro. 2010 was his crowning glory though – he was awarded Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year. He has since established himself as quite a force to be reckoned with in the golfing sphere, and has plans to tackle cycling next. “I started running again about a month ago,” he tells me, smiling “and cycling is next”.
We’ll be watching out for Anthony in the upcoming months as he takes on a number of big events.
15-19 February – Dimension Data Pro-Am 2017
23-26 February – Joburg Open
02-05 March – Tshwane Open