Dlamini on her way back to European Tour
Professional golfer Nobuhle Dlamini has predicted a win on the big stage this year now that she is back on the Ladies European Tour (LET).
The 25-year-old Swaziland-born player, who stays in Fourways, Johannesburg, obtained her tour card last month, which qualifies her to play against some of the finest golfers in Europe.
This after Dlamini finished 17th in the LET Tour School in Morocco. Hundreds of players from all over the world took part in the five-day showdown, and 30 qualified.
Dlamini, who currently campaigns on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, previously swung her clubs competitively in Europe in 2014, a year after breaking into the professional ranks.
But she missed out on the international arena last year when her game took a knock as a result of a change in coaches, she says.
She believes she is now back to her best form and ready to make her mark in the top flight.
“It feels great for me to qualify to play in Europe again. I would like to make it clear to my critics that I’m in the best shape of my career and ready to win things,” said a confident Dlamini.
She said her switching mentors had been part of the big problem that had “messed up” her game.
“Now that I’m working with only one mentor in renowned professional swing coach John Dickson, my game has changed completely for the best,” she said.
“Unlike before, my swing is great and I’m able to hit the ball far on the fairway. My critics will be surprised by my great form this year.”
Showing signs of improvement in her golf, Dlamini on Wednesday finished fourth in the Ladies Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. She finished tied for fourth with a score of five under par for a total of 211. The event was won by the country’s number one, Lee-Anne Pace.
Dlamini’s next action locally will be the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies at Houghton Golf Club from tomorrow to Wednesday. “I’ve practised hard for the event. Victory will inspire me a lot ahead of my tough European campaign,” she said.
Her next international showing will be at the Handa Women’s Australian Open at the Grange Golf Club from February 10 to 21.
MARKER Nobuhle Dlamini lines up her putt during the Joburg Ladies Open at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Course