18th February 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Ndwandwe looking to end win drought in Cape Town
It has been nine years since Lindani Ndwandwe won a tournament on the Sunshine Tour and while he acknowledges that his game still needs some work here and there, the 43-year-old Durban Country Club professional is itching to get a third win under his belt.
Despite missing the cut at this week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am being played on all three courses at Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate, Ndwandwe says his game is heading in the right direction and it is all thanks to the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 of which he is a member.
“It’s one of those things, hey. You get going at one stage and then you get cold again,” he said, explaining his nine-year absence from the winner’s circle. “So, patience is very important. That is one of the things we get in the Gary Player programme. It helps a lot, hey. Not only me, but a few other guys are playing well and will win soon.”
The Gary Player Class is the Sunshine Tour’s development programme which benefits from the longstanding support of the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB), founded in 1999 by Johann Rupert as the official body for golf development in South Africa, as well as the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation (EEFF) in a collective effort to use golf to improve the lives of disadvantaged South Africans.
Ndwandwe, a two-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, says while his game has been improving, there’s still a lot of work to be done to get back to the level it was when he won the Western Cape Classic and the Highveld Classic in 2001 and 2009, respectively.
Now, having set his sights on next week’s Cape Town Open presented by Sun International, Ndwandwe will fancy his chances even more, because of the prospect of playing in the coastal Cape.
“I always look forward to events that are played on the coast, any coast,” he said. “Those courses test you. Are you patient enough? Are you hitting balls good enough to survive? So, the plan will be to think my way around the course and take what comes, but I will remain patient until my time comes.”
While he will be disappointed with his showing at Fancourt, Ndwandwe will take positives from the share of 23rd he got at Eye of Africa PGA Championship a fortnight ago.