This week at Sun City Madalitso Muthiya gave himself a real chance at victory during at the Nedbank Affinity Cup. The 31-year-old’s superb final round marked the second time in as many weeks that he’s been in the mix on the Sunshine Tour.
“I’ve been working hard trying to get myself to successfully qualify and make cuts and then get myself into contention. It’s starting to show and there’s no better time to start doing that,” he said.
The Zambian flew his flag high, especially over the first nine holes on Thursday. He took 30 shots to complete the first loop and that put pressure on the leaders.
“I was playing quite well and gave myself a lot of chances. I made a lot of putts and managed to shoot 30 on the front nine, and that was a good streak,” he said.
The Lusaka Golf Club player was unable to keep his electric pace going, but managed to finish in a share of 11th and rose to 79th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
A week ago he tied for fourth at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Pezula Golf Club and he is clearly peaking at the right time. The lucrative events of the summer are about to begin and Muthiya is ready to compete on the big stage.
“I’ve signed up for all of the events up until March next year. I just have to correct some small mental errors, but once I get that sorted out I think I’ll be there. The way I'm improving my game has always been part of the plan,” he said.
South Africa has a rich golfing history, but this year there is a Zambian name that keeps popping up.
“It’s always nice to see your name up there,” said Muthiya with a smile. “Somebody has to shine some light when there are so many South African flags on the leaderboard.”