Nethun­zwi eyes Zam­bia Open win

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Gaut­eng pro­fes­sional golfer Musi­walo Nethun­zwi is de­ter­mined to break his long spell of not win­ning when he com­petes at the Zam­bia Open at Lusaka Golf Club on Thurs­day.

The Soweto-raised golfer has not won any no­table con­test on the Sun­shine Tour since turn­ing pro­fes­sional in 2013. His only vic­to­ries so far are win­ning the Soweto Coun­try Cup in 2013 and 2014 at the Soweto Coun­try Club.

But, even though tak­ing tro­phies at big con­tests is a tough mis­sion to ac­com­plish for Nethun­zwi, the 28year-old player is op­ti­mistic that the Zam­bian event will mark a turn­ing point in his career. He is also op­ti­mistic that the Zam­bian Open will set the stage for him to make his mark.

“The Zam­bian Open is one of the top events on the Sun­shine Tour cal­en­dar on the con­ti­nent. I’m de­ter­mined to reg­is­ter my first big win at this com­pe­ti­tion. I’ve been work­ing very hard on my swing and should take it easy in Lusaka,” he said.

How­ever, Nethun­zwi, who sharp­ens his golf­ing skills at Mod­der­fontein Golf Club, may not sail as smoothly as he wishes at the 72-hole Lusaka course.

He will have to stave off in­tense com­pe­ti­tion from de­fend­ing cham­pion and com­pa­triot Jaco Ah­lers, who won last year’s con­test by card­ing a score of 271.

“I played so badly last year that I failed to make the cut. Jaco should watch out be­cause I’m ready to take his ti­tle this time around,” Nethun­zwi said.

Other golfers set to give it their best shot at this year’s tour­na­ment include English­man Ross McGowan and Mzansi’s Wal­lie Coet­see. McGowan won in 2015, while Coet­zee pre­vailed in 2014.

This year’s tour­na­ment prize is R1.6 mil­lion.

PHOTO: JO­HAN RYNNERS / SUN­SHINE TOUR / GALLO IMAGES

DE­TER­MINED Musi­walo Nethun­zwi is op­ti­mistic about win­ning the Zam­bia Open, which starts on Thurs­day in Lusaka

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