Swazi golfer takes SuperSport Ladies Challenge Cup

2018-03-15 06:00
Nobuhle Dlamini during the trophy presentation on day three of the Supersport Ladies Challenge at Wild Coast Sun Country Club. PHOTO: Petri Oeschger/Gallo Images

Nobuhle Dlamini during the trophy presentation on day three of the Supersport Ladies Challenge at Wild Coast Sun Country Club. PHOTO: Petri Oeschger/Gallo Images

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THE Sunshine Ladies Tour SuperSport Ladies Challenge at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club last week ended with a wire-to-wire victory for Swazi golfer Nobuhle Dlamini.

Dlamini (27) closed with a final round two-over 72 to capture the R400 000 event presented by Sun International, by one shot from Lora Assad last Friday.

Dlamini was challenged by a number of players, including Assad, who posted four-under with her final round 69. Port Shepstone professional Melissa Eaton was also in contention most of the way before signing off with a three-over 73 and third place on three-under.

The significance of her triumph in the extremely windy conditions at the par 70 layout was not lost on Dlamini.

“Personally this has built me a lot. I’ve learnt about being confident, trusting what you’re doing,” said Dlamini.

“I won a lot as an amateur, but it has been too long since my last win. So I needed to win to know I could still do it. It’s the beginning of a good journey for me. I hope it will open many doors in terms of sponsorships and getting into other bigger tournaments.”

Dlamini has been knocking on the door many times over the past four years in the pro ranks, but particularly this season. A fourth-place finish at the Jo’burg Ladies Open in January and joint second at the SA Women’s Masters last week suggested the watershed moment was near.

On a windswept final day at the coastal oasis, her hopes turned to reality. “I kept saying I was going to win and I felt that I could win, but I just couldn’t finish it off,” Dlamini said. “I wasn’t expecting much. I just believed I was good enough to win. That belief relaxed me. I said to myself I should just forget about the results and trust the process.”

Coming out the green-side bunker, she missed a 10-footer for bogey, but was able to glide in a knee-knocking three-footer to get her hands on the trophy and a pay cheque of R56 000.

Dlamini will take a boat load of confidence into next week’s Investec South African Women’s Open at Westlake Golf Club and not only from lifting her first trophy.

The victory catapulted her to second in the Investec Property Fund Order of Merit and she will start the Ladies European Tour co-sanctioned event less than 400 points behind Stacy Bregman, who remained at the top of the summit and moved to 1 710 points with a joint 24th place finish.

The final scores for the top three were, Nobuhle Dlamini 64 69 72, Lora Assad 67 70 69 and Melissa Eaton 69 65 73. — Supplied.

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