Dlamini fo­cuses on tak­ing the US by storm

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

Two years af­ter fail­ing to make the grade in the Ladies Euro­pean Tour, Nobuhle Dlamini hopes to make her mark in the Symetra Tour in the US.

Her aim is to ob­tain a card to com­pete in the Ladies Pro­fes­sional Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (LPGA) Tour next year.

Symetra is the of­fi­cial de­vel­op­men­tal golf tour of the LPGA. It af­fords play­ers an op­por­tu­nity to qual­ify for the LPGA top flight. Dlamini, who cam­paigns on the Sun­shine Tour, qual­i­fied for the Symetra cir­cuit in De­cem­ber af­ter a suc­cess­ful stint at the tour school fi­nal in Florida in the US in De­cem­ber.

“It feels great to be able to com­pete in the US. I’m look­ing for­ward to mak­ing a mark on the Symetra by win­ning all its events this sea­son,” said Dlamini.

“It will be won­der­ful to grad­u­ate and com­pete in the big league, which is the LPGA tour next sea­son.”

Swazi­land-born Dlamini, who is now based in Cen­tu­rion, Gaut­eng, said play­ing golf in the US meant a lot to her be­cause it would pro­vide her ca­reer with a boost.

“This be­ing my first time com­pet­ing in the US ob­vi­ously makes me ner­vous, but I am up to the task of mak­ing the grade and mov­ing on to the big stage next sea­son,” she said.

“I didn’t do well in Europe two years ago when I cam­paigned there be­cause my form was not so great, so I have to give it my best shot in the US.”

Dlamini will have her first big test on the Symetra stage when she tees off at the POC MED Golf Clas­sic in Wind­sor, Cal­i­for­nia on April 7.

She said she had been hard at work try­ing to im­prove her swing at her home course, Kil­lar­ney Coun­try Club.

“I’ve not been able to hit straight shots of late, but my coach, War­rick Druian, has worked on my game and I’m in great shape for the clas­sic.”

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