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image His Majesty King Mswati III (C) with sponsors’ representatives at Royal Swazi in Ezulwini last night. This was during the ongoing King’s Cup Golf Tournament. (Pic: Ashmond Nzima)

EZULWINI – Rain spoilt what could have been another flawless round of golf by His Majesty King Mswati III.

The King was set to tee-off in Swaziland’s biggest golf event at Royal Swazi Golf Course in Ezulwini yesterday, but his play was suspended as rain bucketed down on the greens.  As a result, the King would not tee-off in this year’s 14th instalment of the tournament.  King’s Cup Organising Committee’s Dan Zikalala, confirmed that the rain made the course unplayable for the King.

The King, who is an avid sportsman and seasoned golfer, usually plays not less than five holes.  His tee-off is the highlight of the tournament, which attracts professionals and amateurs from across the globe.

Despite the unforeseen circumstances, sponsors’ representatives did manage to get a chance to rub shoulders with the King. Sponsors of the prestigious event include Swazi MTN, Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC),  Nedbank Swaziland, Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC), Royal Swazi Spa Holdings and Swaziland Royal Insurance Corporation (SRIC), to mention but a few.
Also sharing the podium with His Majesty was South Africa-based top female golfer, Nobuhle Dlamini, who was unlucky to miss the cut by three strokes after round two on Wednesday. She was ranked 49th but managed to play in yesterday’s PRO-AM.

The curtain will fall on the tournament after the final round of the professionals this afternoon. There will be a luncheon, where the winner of the E55 475 first prize money will be crowned.  After yesterday’s round, South Africa’s Jacques de Villers, who is ninth on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour order of merit, was leading.

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