A golfer by the name of B de Jonge teed it up in the 1997 Zimbabwe Open. He was an amateur. Nobody really took any notice of him. After all, Nick Price was in the field.
Price went on to win that week by two strokes over Mark McNulty. Tony Johnstone was also in the field, finishing tied 10th.
Brendon De Jonge missed the cut that week. But in 2013, he made it in a very big way.
De Jonge received the recognition he deserved when Price named him as one of the two Captain's Picks for his International Team for the Presidents Cup.
It was just reward for a player who has been quietly making his way through the ranks in America.
De Jonge was the top-ranked amateur in Zimbabwe, winning the 1999 Zimbabwe amateur by a record 14 shots and surpassing the previous record held by his idol Nick Price.
He decided to take his game to the American college circuit and played for Virginia Tech, where he struggled through the pain of a broken rib to finish ninth in the 2002 NCAA Central Regional.
He won a host of college tournaments before turning professional in 2003 and teeing off his career on the Nationwide Tour (now the Web.com Tour).
He earned his PGA Tour card at the 2007 Qualifying School, but was unable to retain it.
In 2008 the burly Zimbabwean broke through with a victory in the Xerox Classic on the Nationwide Tour.
He went on to finish second on the money list, was voted the Player of the Year, and secured another shot at the PGA Tour.
He retained conditional status there for the 2010 season, and then enjoyed his best season to date when he had seven top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour.
De Jonge was incredibly solid in 2013 with four top-10s on the PGA Tour.
But arguably the highlight of his career so far was being named in the International Team for the Presidents Cup.
Price was looking for the kind of aggressive play De Jonge has become famous for. Since 2009 he's made more birdies on the PGA Tour than any other player, and he hits the ball incredible distances. When Price decided to pick him, De Jonge also had more rounds in the 60s than any other player on the PGA Tour this year.
Making it onto Price's team was a dream come true for De Jonge, who had to choose between cricket and golf as a young boy. It was a choice made all the more easier when he first met Price as a teenager and when the former world number one had returned home to play in the Zimbabwe Open.
"I was a little kid out getting autographs and got a book signed. We're a very proud sporting country so we all followed his career very, very closely. Obviously when he was number one in the world it was a very proud time for us back in Zimbabwe", said De Jonge.
De Jonge and Price have remained close, with Price often inviting the young Zimbabwean to stay with him in America and always willing to lend an ear for support or advice.
Price has also given De Jonge what he still ranks as the single most important piece of advice he has received in this game.
According to De Jonge, Price told him to always remember, "It is a job but it's a game as well, and you need to keep enjoying it".
And he also hopes to achieve what Price has, most notably off the fairways. "He's a better person than he ever was as a golfer. He's fun to be around. He's just a down-to-earth, regular guy. Just a super guy to spend time with".
No doubt De Jonge will be phoning Price for a bit of advice about how to tackle the Gary Player Country Club when he makes his debut in this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge.