Brendon De Jonge is a Zimbabwean born golfer who plays on the prestigious PGA Tour. He is one of the most successful golfers in Zimbabwe. He is based in the United States of America.

Brendon De Jonge
Brendon De Jonge
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Born Brendon De Jonge
July 18, 1980
Nationality Zimbabwe
Education Virginia Tech University
Occupation
  • Golfer
Years active Turned pro 2003
Spouse(s) Mary Ford De Jonge
Parent(s) Rick De Jonge (father), Rose De Jonge (mother)

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Background

Brendon De Jonge was born on 18 July 1980.[1] He is the last born in a family of two.[2] He was married to Mary Ford De Jonge on 23 December 2006 and they have two children.[3]

Education

De Jonge went to St Johns Preparatory School for his primary education and attended St Johns College for his high school education. He later attended Virginia Tech University on a 100% scholarship, where he studied for a Consumer Studies Degree.[2]

Career

Brendon was torn between playing cricket or golf. At one time, Brendon made it into the Zimbabwe Under-13 team and became a leading member of the various age-group teams after being selected at the annual Partridges Week. At the age of 17, the then Zimbabwe Development coach Andy Pycroft visited the De Jonge residence in a bid to convince Brendon to take cricket seriously. An assignment on Tiger Woods at the age of 14 proved to be the turning point for De Jonge as he chose cricket over golf.[2]

Brendon De Jonge started playing golf at the age of seven at Wingate Golf Club.[2] After deciding to concentrate on golf, De Jonge went on to be Zimbabwe's leading amateur golfer in the years 1999 and 2000. In 1999, Brendon De Jonge won the Zimbabwe Amateur Championship by a record 14 shots breaking a record previously held by Nick Price. By virtue of being the leading amateur golfer, De Jonge was selected to represent Zimbabwe at the Orange Bowl Junior Championship in the US in 1998 where he impressed university scouts. The following year, De Jonge was spotted by the Virginia Tech coach, Jay Hardwick and was offered a 100% scholarship.[2]

Brendon De Jonge turned professional in 2003 and earned his PGA Tour card in 2007 at the PGA Qualifying School. He won his first Nationwide Tour in 2008.[4] 2010 is his most successful year as a professional golfer, having had seven top 10 finishes and three top 3 finishes.[4] In 2013, he played in his first President's Cup tournament as part of the International Team after being selected by Nick Price.[5]

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Awards

De Jonge was the PGA Nationwide Tour Player of the year in 2008.[4]

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Brendan De Jonge in Action







References

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  1. Brendon De Jonge,ESPN, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 20, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Daniel Nkakaniso, Brendon De Jonge — how it all started, NewsDay, Published: October 24, 2013, Retrieved: July 20, 2015
  3. Brendon De Jonge, Facebook, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 21, 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Joe Cheymcz De Jonge wins Xerox Classic for first Nationwide Tour title,PGA Tour, Published: August 17, 2008, Retrieved: July 21, 2015 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "pgatour" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "pgatour" defined multiple times with different content
  5. Helen Ross De Jonge playing for his childhood idol at Presidents Cup, The President's Cup , Published: September 26, 2013, Retrieved: July 21, 2015
  6. Tournament Results Archive, Junior Golf Scoreboard, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 21, 2015