Irvin taking a full swing at glory

Irvin Mazibuko has come to Sunshine Tour Qualifying School looking to improve his status on the tour, and if he succeeds he’ll have plenty of chances for glory in the coming season. On Tuesday he got that ball rolling with an opening 69 at Schoeman Park Golf Club.

“I’ve come to QSchool to improve my ranking on the tour. I’m very happy with my start, but there was nothing special out there, I just stuck to my game plan and stayed cool during the round,” he said.

With 11 professional top-20 results to his name, Mazibuko used his wisdom to navigate the 6541-metre course in 69 blows, joining an early tie for fourth at three-under-par.

“You have to play regulation golf around here, because the greens are hard and that makes chipping very difficult, because it’s so hard to stop the ball.”

While most relaxed over the festive break, Mazibuko worked. He kept his mind sharp and his game tight in order to rediscover his love of the game. He’s ready to hit the new season in force now, and said: “A lot of the things I did when I was young are back in my game and I’m really excited for this summer. I think I’ve got a lot to give over the next few months and hopefully this week will give me a better chance to go out there and play well. I have been working hard during December and I’m nervous to say it, but: I’m back!”

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