2nd August 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Solid start for Nethunzwi eSwatini
Musiwalo Nethunzwi shot a good opening round five-under-par to share second spot – two shots behind the leader Doug McGuigan – at the Royal Swazi Spa Challenge at Royal Swazi Spa Country Club on Wednesday.
Nethunzwi opened his round with a birdie on first and picked up seven more shots with consecutive birdies from the fourth to eighth, and then on the 12th and 17th. But his round was somewhat spoilt by three bogeys on the third, 10th and 15th which saw him to share his position with Daniel van Tonder, Andre De Decker and Erhard Lambrechts.
“I am happy. It is a good start of the week,” Nethunzwi said about his first round. “The putter was hot today. I made 26 putts, which I have been working hard on it. I am so happy and fairways, I had eight fairways which is not too bad. I missed six fairways. I still got away with it, but the putter, the short stick today, it was hot.”
Nethunzwi was back on the course where he failed to qualify and missed the cut for the Investec Royal Swazi Open and Lombard Insurance Classic respectively in May.
The results showed that he enjoyed playing the course this time around. “It is a tough course if you hit it on the wrong spot as well. For me, I enjoy the course. The drops that I made on three, I just hit it on the wrong spot and if you hit it on the wrong spot you get punished. So, I am happy. The course is okay. I am just here to enjoy myself and see what happens,” he said.
He attributed his form to a good mindset and assistance he is getting as a member of Gary Player Class of 2018-19. “Having a positive mind, it helps. Right now, I am not there yet, but because I have a positive mind I know that I can do it. The results are coming out and the more the better results are coming out, the better I am becoming all the time,” he said.
The 29-year-old is excited as his game becoming consistent. “I have been playing good golf. It is because I have been putting a lot of work on my game, spending hours and hours grinding out there. I spend a lot of time at World of Golf which I have a membership of through the Gary Player Class (of 2018-19) which I really appreciate, and Virgin Active which is part of the Gary Player Class as well. I have been putting in a lot of work. I am so happy,” he said.
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.