Doing sports was always synonymous to the blonde 27 year old South African born and raised athlete. It was always an enjoyment to be part of a team; a way to keep an active and balanced lifestyle. However, I got fairly bored by every discipline I have tried, competed in and achieve state level colors for six consecutive years in Field Hockey. After completion of a successful and balanced high school career, I studied Bachelor of Commerce (Managerial Science) at the prestigious University of Stellenbosch, located in the beautiful wine lands of South Africa.
My father had a half set of clubs gathering dust in the garage. Occasionally, on lazy Sunday afternoons, I would hit a few balls in our garden. It wasn't until after I broke a club, that my mother suggested we need to rather make use of a nearby high schools' sport grounds instead. After a few Sunday afternoons, my parents took me to the driving range at Akasia Country Club. Nothing ever really came from it, as I was occupied with a million other school sports and extramural activities then.
Upon graduation, I relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, working as a Project Coordinator for a management consulting firm. My sister mentioned that she will be joining a golf clinic at a local club in Dubai. Knowing Riani was not the sporty child in the family, I couldn't resist in not joining her in Summer 2013 at The Address Montgomerie's Academy by TroonGolf, for their Ladies Coaching Clinics.
I fell in love with the game immediately. I got my first hole-in-one at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on June 14th, a day before my birthday. I received my very first official handicap at the start of September 2013, and 3 months later it was down to 12.6. I played my first ever South African Amateur Strokeplay Championship in April 2014 with a handicap of 7 and failed terribly due to a lack of experience. This motivated me to become a better player, better human and to keep pushing my boundaries and dreaming bigger dreams. Today, August 2016, I am a dedicated, passionate scratch golfer.
I believe that athletes can achieve their dreams with consistent hard work. I am dreaming of becoming one of the worlds best ladies golfers, representing South Africa at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.