Hennie Otto’s Rise-Up journey is a deeply personal one


Hennie Otto


Hennie Otto

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For Hennie Otto, the Sunshine Tour’s new Rise-Up Collection is deeply private.

When the three-time European Tour champion tees it up at Glendower Golf Membership on Wednesday for the beginning of this week’s Sunshine Tour Championship, he’ll achieve this as a golfer rising up and searching for that subsequent win in his profession, as a husband rising up from the latest passing of his spouse, and as a father rising up for his two younger boys.

“It has been robust. It is arduous shedding your spouse. However you understand, you may’t sit nonetheless. You need to transfer on,” says Otto.

He took his sons, Hennie Jnr. and JJ, on a four 500-kilometre street journey round South Africa for the three of them to cope with the loss.

“We visited all our buddies on farms. We wanted that, simply to get away. It was good for us to bond like that, and the boys are in an excellent house now.”

And on the finish of that epic journey, they’ve arrived at a brand new journey. A brand new starting.

“We’re shifting to Paarl as a result of I’ve an important assist system there with my household. The boys are in good colleges there, and I can give attention to my golf.”

The main focus this week will likely be on a Glendower Golf Membership course that has all the time been one in all Otto’s favourites. He completed second within the South African Open performed right here in 2013, and in addition second within the BMG Traditional that very same 12 months.

“It is an old-style golf course and I all the time simply get an important feeling enjoying there. You need to really play that golf course and suppose your method round it, you may’t simply bomb it off the tee. If you will get it going there, you may rating rather well.”

There will likely be an added incentive for Otto this week. His eldest son Hennie Jnr. will likely be on his bag caddying for the outdated man.

“He’s a diabetic and our physician suggested me to not ship him again to high school due to the Coronavirus. So he’s doing on-line education but additionally touring with me and caddying for me on this Rise-Up Collection.”

And each night, they’ll braai collectively.

” me. Each night time is braai night time for me. It is like I all the time have a hearth on, I simply add extra wooden each night time and hold it going.”

– Michael Vlismas Media



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