Golfers set to ride the Wild Waves
They’ve earned their spots in the professional ranks, but now it’s time to make their mark in the top flight
Two Sunshine Tour pros, Toto Thimba Jnr and Makhetha Mazibuko, are determined to make their mark by winning the Wild Waves Golf Challenge at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club, KwaZulu-Natal. The tournament starts on Thursday. Both players have performed relatively well since breaking into the professional ranks, but are yet to register major victories in the top flight.
They believe this tournament will open the floodgates for them to prove themselves in the big league.
Thimba (28), who hails from Mamelodi in Tshwane, has won the Big Easy Tour twice (2011 and 2013).
Last month, he conquered the IGT Mahikeng Pro-Am by one shot to clinch the R200 000 purse prize at Leopard Park Golf Club.
Thimba, who is yet to make it big on tour by lifting a trophy in the big league, believes the Wild Coast silverware will be for him to win after the final round of the event.
“My psychologist has been helping with the aspect of approaching the game. I’m looking forward to winning,” said Thimba, who missed the cut for the final rounds of the Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, and the Thswane Open at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate in February.
“Besides, my swing and putting have improved, and I am confident of giving it my best shot against a top-class field.”
Mazibuko (26) hopes it will be smooth sailing for him after a “disastrous showing” in the Big Easy preparation game at Glendower Golf Club this week.
“[The Wild Waves Golf Challenge] is the tournament I have to win at all costs to prove how good I really am in the top flight. Having graduated into the tour last year, I’m determined to show I deserve to compete at the highest level,” said the Bloemfontein-born golfer.
Last year’s contest was won by Andrew Curlewis, who carded rounds of 66, 63 and 65 to pocket the R600 000 purse prize.
But Mazibuko said he was determined to make the course difficult for Curlewis, who is quite accustomed to the venue as he hails from Margate, a seaside resort town in the same area.
One of Mazibuko’s highlights in the professional ranks include finishing seventh in the Big Easy Tour at Observatory Golf Club in Joburg last year.
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BIG SWING Toto Thimba Jnr tees off during the Tshwane Open at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate