THE small Western Cape town of Robertson- known as the valley of wine and roses, is home to young professional golfer, Jacquin Hess. It is here where the now 27 year old Hess learned to play the game of golf, and it’s the people of Robertson that inspire him to become great.
Hess, who turned professional in 2013, is a family man by heart. “My father passed away in 2002 and I was forced to grow up quickly and take responsibility for my actions from a young age. My mother Maria and my sister Maraline still stay in Robertson and they, along with Maraline’s daughter, Theolin (15) are my biggest fans and the people I draw my inspiration from. I want to do well so I can make life better for my family and especially Theolin. I admire my mom immensely and she is a person with great morals. She has never missed a day at work and always tried to make things easier for me.”
He lists Tiger Woods, Gary Player and cricketer Jacques Kallis as his role models and wants to become great just like them. “I played rugby, cricket, golf and volleyball at school but I decided to focus on golf when I turned 14. It was a difficult decision for me as I was basically in the Boland under 15 cricket team and only had to play the last trial game and stood a great chance to make the team. I chose golf as it’s all about personal performance and although I love cricket and rugby, it entails a bit too much politics for my liking”.
Hess has shown that he has a heart of gold when he donated more than R15 000 to the Breede Valley Hospice for all the birdies he made on the 2017 Sunshine Tour. He has his sights set very high and wants to add to his already impressive list of achievements. “My next big goal is to win the Sunshine Tour order of merit. I want to compete and be up there on the leaderboard in every tournament that I play, these are goals which I hope to fulfill in the future”.
Jacquin, who studied Human Resource management at CPUT, is very active on social media and has his own brand of clothing called the JH Brand. “The JH Brand represents greatness and I currently have JH caps, golf shirts and belts in my range and my target market are people who believe that they are great. I hope to grow the brand and become a great golfer at the same time”.
In 2011 he won a couple of amateur tournaments including the Harry Oppenheimer Trophy, USSA Strokeplay Championship, Bobby Locke Open and the Vaal Amateur Open. In 2012 he won the Boland under 23 Championships and was a member of the Boland team which won the 52nd South African IPT Tournament. He was also named the Most Valued Player at this tournament. He represented the USSA Team (SA Students) from 2009 – 2012 and represented Boland U23 and the Presidents Team from 2009 – 2012. He was named the Sportsman of the Year at CPUT in 2012 .
“As a professional, my biggest achievement to date is the win I had on the Big Easy Tour. I also won the Big Easy Tour order of merit in 2017 and I would like to experience that winning feeling again”.
Hess will be looking to make an impact this week at the Steyn City Team Championship where he will team up with Heinrich Bruiners.
Follow Jacquin’s journey on Twitter and Instagram on @jacquinhess.
Headline picture: Johan Rynners