Dlamini on her way back to Euro­pean Tour

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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.

PHOTO: CARL FOURIE / SUN­SHINE TOUR / GALLO IM­AGES

MARKER Nobuhle Dlamini lines up her putt dur­ing the Joburg Ladies Open at the Royal Jo­han­nes­burg & Kens­ing­ton Golf Course

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