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MBABANE – Professional golfer James Pennington will intensify his training to be ready for competitions, starting in late August.

Pennington, who plays under the Sunshine Tour, said it was good news that golf had been given the green light to resume action in the country. Pennington has jumped to the opportunity and will get to business when he starts training at Nkonyeni Bushveld Course. “I’m very grateful that we were allowed to resume golf. We are lucky with golf that it is easy to social distance and stay safe. I will start to ramp up my training in order to get ready to resume professional golf. COVID-19 has brought the Sunshine Tour to a complete stop for four months now, but they are looking to resume towards the end of August,” he said. The Eswatini Royal Insurance Corporation (ESRIC) brand ambassador started playing professional golf in January 2018. He was sponsored to the tune of E150 000 for the year 2020 when he was unveiled as an ESRIC ambassador.


“I have been busy working on my swing hitting into a net in the garden and working hard on my strength and fitness. Now that we are able to return to the golf course, I will start practising more and more in order to be ready for when we resume next month in South Africa,” he added. Pennington said it had been tough times for all athletes as they had been not able to do what they loved best, training and competing. “The COVID-19 has been tough for athletes as we have not been able to compete or even practise but now we look forward to starting again while remaining cautious of the risk and making sure we stay safe in every way we can,” he said.

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