ICC Women's World Cup Qualifying Series 2007-08

South Africa star quit cricket for golf

Cricinfo staff

January 25, 2008

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Johmari Logtenberg won't be playing in the qualifiers for the Women's World Cup after quitting the sport © Getty Images
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Johmari Logtenberg, who it's no exaggeration to call a batting sensation, has surprised the world of women's cricket by suddenly giving up the sport for golf. More unexpected still is the fact that the cricket star, who averaged 422.50 in a domestic season and has been instrumental in the international set-up since the age of 14, has only just taken up golf on a whim and she doesn't know if she will be any good at it.

"I didn't plan to play golf," she told the Times of South Africa. "It was just a spur-of-the-moment decision"

It seems an extraordinary move for the girl, still only 18, who had the cricketing world at her feet with two one-day international centuries and five fifties under her belt. Then again she didn't earn any money from it - English counties offered to pay her travel expenses "I would have ended up playing for charity" - while a successful women's golfer can earn a lucrative sum.

With great hand-eye co-ordination, the one thing that perhaps will not raise eyebrows is that she's already got a handicap of 12 despite these being early days where golf is concerned.

She has enrolled at Gavan Levenson's golf academy to improve her game further but if it doesn't work out she hinted there would be a chance she could go back to cricket. "We'll only see after this year whether golf is for me."

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