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MBABANE – Experienced golfer Ephraim Kunene last Friday carded 20 points to win the United General Insurance (UGI) Leg of Lamb competition hosted by the Royal Swazi Spa Golf Club.

Kunene won the tournament against heavy odds, which adversely affected a large fraction of the 18 players registered for the day. The odds included having to toss around almost every shot on a soggy field, which was caused by the heavy downpour experienced in the better part of last week. Just like the rest of the players, Kunene was also faced with the newest and undesirable phenomenon of playing on an out of sorts course, especially the rough embankments. Despite all that, he was able to notch a birdie, a couple of valuable pars and bogeys here and there.Kunene lamented the state of the course, which he said was unlike the internationally-acclaimed Royal Swazi Spa Golf Club of yesteryears. He stated that he could have done much better had the course been in its usually meticulous state.


“I guess the Royal Swazi management needs to do something to improve the course and, at least, return it to its usual state. This used to be one of the best local courses and it’s sad to see it depreciating in this manner,” he said. Kunene added, “The sad part is that this is chasing away potential players who normally prefer a decently maintained course. But I have faith that the situation will not be allowed to deteriorate any further.”


Commenting about his victory, Kunene said it was a consequence of consistent play, resilience and the never-say-die spirit even in the face of some serious challenges on the field.  
The runner-up was Mbabane Golf Club member Mduduzi Mtsetfwa with 19 points followed by Sifiso Nxumalo, Mark Reid and Dennis Mbingo with 18, 17 and 15 points respectively. The nearest to the pin went to Mark Reid on hole 14 and Sakhile Dludlu on hole 18. All the winners went away with fabulous prizes.

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