31st August 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Ndwandwe targets improved showing at Zimbali
Lindani Ndwandwe shot a three-under-par 69 opening round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Zimbali Country Club on Thursday but feels he still has a lot of work to do to get his “mind right”.
Ndwandwe, a member of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18, is a two-time winner on the Sunshine Tour but has not won anything since the Highveld Classic victory he got in 2009. His other win came in 2001 when he won the Western Cape Classic.
Having missed three cuts in a row in the last three events before this week, the 42-year-old from Durban knows what he needs to fix to get back to winning ways. “It’s in the mind,” he says after his round at Zimbali. “I mean, I have not been playing well. I have been hitting the ball well but I am not bringing the numbers together. I just need to get my mind right.”
He is happy, however, with his effort in round one. “A round like this tends to bring back that confidence, so I am happy I played the way I did today,” Ndwandwe says. He adds that playing on the coastal golf courses suits him and it showed on Thursday when he made just a single bogey on his way to an early share of third.
“I learned my golf at the coast,” he says, “so, for me, it is sort of easier to play these types of courses than those inland. I like to think I mine is coastal golf.”
Ndwandwe teed off early in the morning and the wind got up as the round progressed but Ndwandwe was not going to let that halt his progress. He sits five shots behind the leading Jared Harvey and will want his second round to be similar to Thursday’s, if not better.