Putting for glory in Mexico

2019-03-13 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedAmateur golfer Londa Mngadi will represent South Africa in Mexico this month.

PHOTO: suppliedAmateur golfer Londa Mngadi will represent South Africa in Mexico this month.

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AN AMATEUR golfer from Sobantu is proud to have been chosen to represent South Africa in an international amateur golfing cup taking place in Mexico later this month.

Londa Mngadi (46), who plays under Howick Golf Club, will be representing SA in the A Division in the finals of the World Amateur Cup, hosted by BMW. The tournament will take place from March 15 to March 24.

Speaking to Echo, Mngadi said that when he entered the competition in a regional tournament in November last year, he had no idea that it was the beginning of something great.

“I just wanted to get the experience and learn a few things during the tournament. I won matches until I reached the national competition and that is where I was selected to represent the country.

“I am so overwhelmed.

“This is something big for me because I will be representing not only my area where I come from but the whole country of South Africa,” he said.

Mngadi will be competing against 40 countries and he says he is determined to bring this cup home. “Although I am a bit nervous, because of the pressure that the whole country is looking at me not to disappoint, I am very ready for this competition.

“I want to make my country proud and bring that cup back home where it belongs,” he said.

Mngadi said he started playing golf while he was still attending Sobantu High School.

He said although the school was in the location, they were lucky enough that there was a golf course next to their school which they used to practice on.

“One of my teachers, Sbusiso Shezi, was very passionate about golf and he loved it. He is the one who encouraged us to continue playing even if we were no longer attending Sobantu High School.

“After finishing high school, I started my career and then joined a recognised golf club and continued playing golf,” said Mngadi.

The amateur golfer also thanked Bruce Koloane­, the ambassador for the tournament, for his help throughout the competition.

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