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VUSI DLAMINI WINS UGI LEG OF LAMB

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MBABANE – Golfer Vusi Dlamini displayed an exceptional performance to record a remarkable score ahead of 20 players in the United General Insurance (UGI) Leg of Lamb played at the Royal Swazi Spa Golf Course. 

Despite being a regular feature in this weekly tournament, it was Dlamini’s first time winning since its launch in November 2019. By his own admission his great performance inspired by four birdies, a par and two bogeys left him pleasantly stunned and motivated. Despite having two blackouts, he still recorded an above average 23 points, which is a rare exploit in this Friday competition as most of the winners notch an average of 20 and below.  

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Interestingly, Dlamini was five points ahead of his runner-up Andy Mkhatshwa, who is a consistent excellent performer in this tournament. Mkhatshwa beat four other tight contestants on a count-back. These included two professionals, Meshack Zwane and Peter Dlamini. Also forming part of the 18-point earners was highly-determined amateur Moses Masilela. 

Another remarkable observation on the day is that both the overall winner and runner-up scored nearest the pins on holes three and six, respectively. 

Commenting about his great performance, Dlamini, who played of 9 handicap in the first nine holes of the course, said his game plan went accordingly from the tee shots to putting. 

“About seven out of nine times I was on the fairway with quite some good distance from the tee. So basically my driving was on point and in all the par fours where I made birdies I was on for two shots with one putt,” he said.

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Dlamini, who is the Director of Communications at Eswatini Revenue Authority (ERA), attributed the improved game to his coach Peter ‘Mkata’ Dlamini, a professional based at the Mbabane Golf Club. 

“I have been doing some drills with him and this seems to have impacted on my game positively. My other strength is chipping and I practise a lot of it at home,” he added. 

Dlamini also thanked the sponsor for supporting the competition, which he said allowed even novices in the sport to express themselves and mingle with other golfers even for business purposes.

Unlike in the previous two weeks, Friday’s cool weather was fantastic for a round of golf as it was cloudy with light drizzle. 

Meanwhile, UGI’s Operations Manager Patrick Gamedze observed that the numbers were quite impressive and expressed his appreciation especially given the fact that almost all the country’s courses were hosting Friday competitions. 

“We still record a good turnout and as sponsors we take that as a positive commitment by the golfers. The scores show high competition and the rotational nature of winners is very interesting,” Gamedze stated.



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