Hayden Garcia Excelling in the USA🇺🇸
It is always wonderful when past students send an update on how they are doing and what new accomplishments they have achieved. Former student Hayden Garcia sent this heartfelt letter to provide an update on his recent successes to former Chairman and Founder Ron Boon.
‘I just got back from the USA recently and I thought I would send you an update on what has been going on. I graduated this May with my Bachelor of Science in Biology. I graduated summa cum with a 4.01GPA and was honoured to be named the Class of 2022 Salutatorian. I have also had a good year on the golf course for the school. I had five Top 5 finishes and won the CIAA Northern Division Championship. I also got awarded the scholar-athlete of the year for the CIAA conference. In August, I will be returning to the USA to start my master’s degree in data analytics. I wanted to update you and thank you again for all that KeNako had done for me.
I linked the article about my academic achievement from the school below as well as the link to the CIAA achievement.
Hayden Garcia
Hayden Garcia
A testimonial from former student Carolin Schlüter
After graduating from high school in Germany in 2016, I did not know exactly what I wanted to study. In order to make good use of the time after my Abitur (A-level), I decided to improve my English by spending some time abroad in South Africa. Since I had already traveled to South Africa several times with my family and friends of our family live in George, I became familiar with Rundle College. The internationally recognized Cambridge school system convinced me to spend my year abroad at Rundle College and KeNako Golf and Sports Academy.
During my school year in South Africa, I attended various courses and took several AS and A-level exams, which was very challenging for me as a foreigner. In total, I spent almost a year in South Africa. During this time, I also did an internship with an architect firm in George, which showed me that I could pursue a professional future in the field.
Back in Germany, I then began a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering for Construction and Real Estate near Hamburg. My studies consisted of a practical and theoretical part. I completed the theoretical part in Hamburg and the practical part in Berlin, where I worked as a Project Manager for a company specializing in tenant fit-outs for office buildings. Since there were also many projects with international customers such as Apple or TheOfficeGroup, I had an advantage with my year abroad and was able to manage the project in English without any problems.
Especially with my master studies in the field of Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning, which I started in October this year in Hamburg, I realized again how valuable my year abroad and the time at Rundle College and KeNako Academy was, not only for me personally, but especially for my education. Again, my AS and A-level exams gave me great advantages over other applicants for the course. As this is an international course with students from all over the world and is taught exclusively in English, there was a high demand for English language skills. Because the Cambridge system is also highly regarded in Germany, I did not need to take any further tests for the application process and only had to submit my Cambridge certificates from South Africa.
I would like to thank Dr. Colesky and the entire Rundle College for this valuable and exciting year abroad and for the fact that this time has contributed to a large extent to my academic success.
Carolin Schlüter
Carolin Schlüter

Dear Uncle Ron

I would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you for everything you have done getting me to where I am today. KeNako has had a major role in shaping me into who I am and my development as an adult. Not only did my passion for golf grow, I also received a great education at Rundle College, which has been a key to my success thus far. I have also grown tremendously as a person as a result of my experience at KeNako.

Throughout my high school career, I always had the dream of studying internationally, and at the time it seemed quite far-fetched. I remember mentioning it in a speech actually. Little did I know that it would become a reality.

I’ve had the privilege of being able to study in a college in the United States. And in May of last year, I graduated Magna Cum Laude. KeNako Academy and golf opened the door to the scholarship and Rundle College and its high quality international education provided an amazing foundation for my academic success at College in the USA.  None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for your generosity, Uncle Ron. I just hope that my story inspires others to expand their horizons and follow their dreams regardless of their background. I also hope that others are motivated to completely invest themselves into the KeNako program because it is extremely rewarding.

I would also like to thank all the staff at KeNako Academy for encouraging me and helping me see my potential. The KeNako staff is a great team that is totally invested in the growth and success of every student. The same can be said of the management and teaching staff at Rundle College. I will continue to take what I have learnt into my future studies and endeavours. In my future I hope to be able to support upcoming students in the same way that you are, Uncle Ron.

Yours truly,

Charnay Williams

Charnay Williams
Dear Mr. Ron Boon

I hope this letter finds you well. It is a while since I left KeNako Academy but it is still very much part of my life. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and KeNako Golf Academy for my development, both in golf and in life. I came to the academy as an 11 handicap golfer and left as a 2 in the space of 3 years. KeNako has not only dramatically changed my golf but it has also changed my thought process and my approach to life and its challenges.

It’s now almost two years since I departed the academy and I’m starting to understand everything you were trying to teach me there. “It’s a process” like you’ve always told us. I wish I worked as hard as I’m working now when I was still there. It’s the hardest I’ve ever worked for me as a person and for my future. In a few weeks’ time I will be leaving SA for Dubai. I wouldn’t have been able to go there if it wasn’t for the grounding and development skills that KeNako has taught me. Thank you!

Introducing Cambridge International Education was also one of the best steps taken. Without Rundle College I would have minimum access to schools overseas. You’ve open doors for me. I’m not yet there but I will get there.

‘Skills for Life’ is the promise and KeNako lives this Motto!

Thank you again.

Phumlani Maluka
To parents considering KeNako

I am a Grandfather who has raised two grandsons as sons for the past 14 years.

Cameron our youngest who us now 18, displayed a keen interest in golf. On one of our holidays we happened to visit KeNako In George.

We were impressed with the facilities, staff and programmes offered. We enrolled him at the age of 14 and he attended a loving ‘boarding school’.

He thrived academically, emotionally and as a golfer. We had hoped he would become neater but here, hmm, more work needed.

He won player of the year at KeNako for the next three years and this year won the leading Amateur in the SA Open and was awarded the Freddie Tait Trophy as the winning Amateur.

Without the grounding at KeNako this would not have been possible. We also noticed that he grew emotionally and in confidence with his KeNako experience.

When he won the George OOM at the age of 15, we were pleasantly surprised by his excellent “Victory” speech. Clearly KeNako was providing a fully rounded education!

I would like to express my special thanks to the Boon Family for the way they embraced Cameron. Thanks Ron, Sally, Aidan and Caylum. He also appreciated Roger’s coaching and when I asked do you like Roger, he replied, ‘No, I love him!’. Thanks Roger for being his coach and his Dad! Also Rowly who took such special care of Cam, thank you sooooo much.

KeNako has played a major roll in our lives and I thank you all. Great parenting and education both in the classroom and on the field. You are all very special.

Darryl Thwaits CA (Z), CA (SA), MBA (Scot). Independent Consultant
Dear Ron,

Unbelievable,amazing – the performance to Azelia.What do you do with her in Kenako!? She is just enjoying to be there and feel good.That`s the most important thing for us.And she can do what she like – what a present!
Thank you Ron for everything and say thank you to all from the staff-to the Head Coach and Coach Golf,Mental Coach,Physical Coach,to everyone who works there.

Gaby Meichtry, Swiss Parent
I would like to thank you, Sally, Roger and the whole team at KeNako for a wonderful 3 years that James enjoyed at KeNako. When he started at KeNako he was a young boy, full of enthusiasm and a passion for Golf. Today he is a great young man and athlete, the passion for the game he loves so much still burns fiercely in him, only now he has the solid base on which he can grow and improve his game.
James still refers to Kenako as if he is still part of the team – this is how much he loves KeNako and the KeNako team. It is a great tribute to you and your team at KeNako and I know that KeNako will always be close to James’s , Anna and my hearts.
Mike Pennington
Dear Team

Before joining KeNako Academy, I had a life threatening car accident in 2010 and my golfing career came to a standstill. 2 Years later I had to choose if I was going to pursue a career as a teaching professional or continue striving to achieve my dream of being a touring professional.

My self-esteem and my confidence were at their lowest ebb. At the beginning of 2012 I had a long discussion with Roger Wessels about my golfing career and I was seriously considering coaching as a profession because I was fairly good at it. I thought that maybe I could become a golf coach at KeNako Academy.

After meeting and discussing things with Roger and hitting some balls on the range with Roger, I had a few days to think about things before making my final decision. I had to come back and decide on my future. I’m so pleased that after talking with Roger I felt that my door remained open to continue in the pursuit of my dream!

Since the very first day that I walked in to the KeNako Academy I’ve always felt welcome. I probably received the greatest gift of all – it’s the gift when people believe in you. It didn’t just relate to Roger but to the whole team at KeNako. After a meeting with the Psychologist at KeNako I realized the importance of one’s own self-worth.

I’ve worked hard with Roger Wessels, Ron Boon and the KeNako team and in 2013 I made a comeback to the Sunshine Tour.

I literally went from just being a normal professional on tour to a Champion and it is such a great feeling! I have now achieved 5 Top 10 finishes on the Sunshine Tour, 1 victory and an enormous amount of self-belief. During 2014 I’ve only missed 2 cuts on the Sunshine Tour and I am ranked 29th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit. I achieved all of this in just 1 year and 9 months after first meeting with Roger and the team at KeNako Academy and returning to playing professional golf.

I can only thank KeNako for giving me the final push to become the player I am today. Roger Wessels is not just the best golf coach I’ve worked with but the greatest Gentleman of the game I know. The facilities at KeNako are world class and the students at KeNako Academy don’t know just how lucky they are to be in such a world class facility and with such high quality professionals. KeNako provides all the students with the necessary tools that they need to reach their full potential. As an outside professional it is really great to see the program and the positive impact that it is having on the students at KeNako Academy.

I sincerely have to thank the Team at KeNako for changing my life. It’s only been a pleasant and enjoyable experience being part of such an amazing institute. I look forward to my future with great expectation and I believe that I will be reaching all my goals with the continued help of KeNako.

Thank you from the bottom of my Heart. “A man with great dreams can achieve great things”

Heinrich Bruiners
This past weekend I played with 2 of your students (Andre & Mandla) at Pinnacle Point. It is with great pleasure that I write to tell you that these 2 youngsters are a fantastic advertisement for your academy. Although all 4 of us did not play well, they were just a pleasure to play with and very well behaved. They were a great example for my 11 year old son who played with us. I’ve seen so many bad manners from youngsters in the past on golf courses and this was just the opposite experience.
Congratulations received from an outside Parent!