Golf

Dlamini focuses on taking the US by storm

2017-03-26 06:22
SWINGING: Nobuhle Dlamini will be competing in the Symetra Tour, which forms part of the LPGA Tour in the US. (Luke Walker, Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - 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.”

Form not so great

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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