Im­proved Bu­jela shoots for Sun City Chal­lenge vic­tory

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

Sun­shine Tour player Sipho Bu­jela says he has rec­ti­fied his mis­takes on the green and is deter­mined to win the up­com­ing Sun City Chal­lenge.

The Sun­shine Tour-sanc­tioned event tees off at Gary Player Coun­try Club on Wed­nes­day with a whop­ping R750 000 at stake.

Bu­jela (27) did not play com­pet­i­tive golf last year be­cause he was work­ing at the World of Golf in Midrand, Johannesburg, as a teach­ing pro­fes­sional.

The Soweto-born golfer got back into ac­tion this year af­ter ob­tain­ing a spon­sor­ship.

But his golf has not al­ways been im­pres­sive. He failed to make the cut at the Joburg Open cham­pi­onship at the Royal Johannesburg & Kens­ing­ton Golf Club in Fe­bru­ary.

He played for only two days and could not pro­ceed to the next round be­cause he did not post de­cent scores.

Bu­jela also com­peted at the In­vestec Royal Swazi Open at Swazi­land’s Royal Swazi Sun Coun­try Club in May, where he fin­ished tied 15th.

“I’ve had a ter­ri­ble a year so far be­cause I have not been able to play straight shots and have been putting poorly,” he said.

“I hope to do well at the Sun City Chal­lenge be­cause my game has now im­proved. I’ve been con­sis­tent on the golf course for the past two weeks be­cause my short game and driv­ing have also been great.”

Bu­jela’s last no­table vic­tory was at the Big Easy Tour at Royal Johannesburg & Kens­ing­ton Golf Club in July last year. His win came af­ter a four-man play-off on the fi­nal day.

Some of the top play­ers who have regis­tered to com­pete at Sun City in­clude de­fend­ing cham­pion Keith Horne, and big hit­ters Ge­orge Coet­zee and Titch Moore.

Horne took the honours last year, win­ning by five shots when he carded a fi­nal round of 64 at the Lost City Golf Course.

With this year’s show­down be­ing staged at Gary Player Coun­try Club, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see who will snatch the ti­tle.

PHOTO: JOHAN RYNNERS / SUN­SHINE TOUR / GALLO IM­AGES

DRIVEN TO SUC­CEED Sipho Bu­jela is con­fi­dent that he will make an im­pres­sion on the greens this week

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