18th May 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Sefatsa seeks return to winning ways
Teboho Sefatsa is a player who has won on the Sunshine Tour, but he is battling to re-establish himself after he regained his playing privileges for the 2018=19 season by winning the Vusi Ngubeni Stroke Play event in March.
The 2012 BMG Classic champion missed out on qualifying for a tournament for the second week in a row when he carded a three-over-par 75 in the qualifier for the Lombard Insurance Classic at Royal Swazi Spa Country Club on Thursday.
“It is frustrating,” said Sefatsa, who also failed to qualify for Investec Royal Swazi Open on the course last week. “But at the end of the day qualifying is the way to get into the tournaments. So, whatever it takes to get yourself into the tournament, you have to do it. You have to qualify. It would be nice to be exempt, but you do what you need to do to get yourself exempt.”
Sefatsa, who carded a solid final round of level-par 72 on the Big Easy Tour for a share of fifth at Modderfontein on Wednesday before driving to Swaziland, said it can prove to be a mountain to climb to bring the form displayed during one tournament to another. “It is difficult when you do not prepare. You can never go to an event and assume that just because you have played the course you can just come out and do or play well. You just still need to prepare properly.
“I think I just did not prepare well enough. I drove in last night, slept and teed off. So, I was a bit faulty in preparation, but at the end of the day you are playing what you need to play. After this re-rank I can actually properly plan the next four or five events properly and be better off,” he said.
Apart from failing to qualify twice in 10 days, the Gary Player Class of 2018 member has shown he is capable of producing some good results after managing to bounce back from missing the cut during the opening tournament of the season at the Zanaco Masters in Lusaka. He made the cut at the Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open and Mopani Redpath Zambia Open last month.
The 34-year-old is determined to get back the game he displayed in 2012 when he won the BMG Classic title after finishing 10-under 206 for the 54 holes. Memories from back then are motivating him to keep pushing. “It is a constant reminder. It keeps me going. Obviously, I draw from that, the positive moment. Trying to think back what was it that I was doing better and how was I handling myself.
“When I look at it, I want to compare myself to now and then. I am a much better ball-striker or much better player all together, but mentally I was not quite the same. We are all so concerned about the physically and forget that the mental controls everything else and that is key for me. I know mentally I am in a better place. I am looking forward to some good results this year.
“That’s it. That is what we are working towards. The game to hold up, to be able to compete and to get results when you are not at your best. I think that is key in this game. You need to be able to pull out results when you are not quite putting it well or hitting it well. That is what the best players do. Everyone can play when everything is hunky-dory, but it’s different when you are not quite on,” he said.
With all that, Sefatsa is happy to get his Sunshine Tour card back this year. “It is cool. Look, obviously, I have been around for quite a while,” he said. “2016 was not a great year for me. I was going through some issues. So, I just took some time out to sort them out. I needed to fight for a free mind so I can actually play this game. It actually showed at Vusi when I was not at my best, but I was free at mind and I was able to win.”
Sefatsa believes his game is at the level he wants it to be. “I am happy with it,” he said. “I know I am swinging it good. I know I am playing it well. Sometimes it feels like I am fighting with the swing now and then and some things are not clicking, but I am able to put a score together. That is what I have been working hard at. Even if you know that even if you are not swinging it great, get it around the golf course and that is pretty much about it. When it clicks I can shoot some really low rounds, but what we do not want is to play yourself out of the tournament.”