GOLF PROFESSIONALS

Our Philosophy is to use measurable scientific training methods rather than rely on a subjective opinion.  Even though our methodology makes use of highly technological teaching systems, this method actually simplifies things for our students rather than complicating them.

KeNako is able to develop young talent to their maximum sporting potential, whilst simultaneously developing Skills for Life.  The intention is to have fun whilst enjoying a rewarding life experience.

KeNako Academy, Roger Wessels, Golf Professional

ROGER WESSELS
Director of Golf

Roger Wessels is one of South Africa’s most respected Golf Professionals. Roger played tournament golf for 20 years, with the last decade on the European tour. He retired as a touring professional in 2003. Roger won several tournaments on the Sunshine Tour, including the South African PGA in 1991. He won the Canadian Masters in 1994 and the same year represented South Africa at the World Cup of Golf in Puerto Rico. After retiring as a touring professional Roger completed a 3 year Diploma linked to Birmingham University. Roger has studied and integrated human movement science and the golf swing; his coaching combines his intellectual knowledge together with his practical experience, providing a unique, vibrant and stimulating coaching experience. Roger has completed other international coaching courses and several management courses. He is a member of both the PGA of South Africa and the British PGA.

CARLO KOK
Golf Coach

Carlo is a member of the professional coaching team at the KeNako Academy.  He works closely with Roger Wessels, KeNako’s Head Coach, and plays an important role in the golf coaching program for the students.  In his available time Carlo also coaches private clients.

Carlo has been playing golf since the age of 10.  As with many young golfers, he was a good all-round sportsman, earning provincial colours in Primary School for cricket.  On reaching High School he switched his focus to golf – he decided that concentrating on an individual sport would be more rewarding and more interesting.

Carlo grew up in Pretoria and learnt to play golf at Wingate Park Country Club, where he won the Club Championship 3 times.  He played provincial golf for Gauteng North, as a junior in different age groups (U13, U18, U23) and after completing school he represented the senior provincial team.  A highlight of Carlo’s amateur golf career was being selected for the South African U21 Side to tour Austria and Spain in 2001.  Soon after achieving his ‘green jacket’, Carlo accepted a Golf Scholarship in Scottsdale Arizona in the USA.

Things didn’t work out for Carlo in the USA so he decided to return to South Africa to pursue a career in Golf.  On his return he worked in the retail industry for 3 years and continued to play amateur golf.  In 2002 he achieved another highlight, losing to eventual winner Anton Haig 1 down in the Semi-Finals of the SA Amateur.  Carlo decided that golf was his life passion, so he turned professional and started his Apprenticeship under Dave Ussendorff and Morne Botha at Woodhill Golf Estate.

Once qualified as a PGA Professional, it was not long before Carlo accepted a position as a Teaching Professional at Fancourt and in 2006 he made the move to the Garden Route.  He was involved with the Fancourt Academy and also assisted at the Ernie Els Foundation (EEF) under George Harvey before the EEF at Fancourt closed in June 2009.  Whilst working at Fancourt Carlo was introduced to Ken Viljoen, then CEO of the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB).  When the EEF at Fancourt closed, Carlo was offered the job to head up the Southern Cape region of the SAGDB program, with 5 local coahces reporting to him.  A highlight of his time with the SAGDB was seeing 8 of the young players that he coached achieving their provincial colours, either at junior age group level or at the U23 level.

It was whilst working at Kingswood that Carlo was introduced to KeNako Academy.  Carlo had this to say “I was able to see the amazing KeNako Academy facility being built from scratch and it is with pride that I look at it today and realize that I am a part of the team – it truly is an outstanding facility.  I became involved with KeNako from the beginning and it’s a great facility with all the right tools to create future champions.  Working closely with Roger Wessels has been a privilege and I continue to learn every day.  Coaching the students and seeing them progress in their golf is very rewarding.  I get a great deal of pleasure out of coaching, not just in helping people to improve their golf but also in introducing new people to this wonderful game that we play.”