“With my status, I had to make the most of every start this year to try and secure my playing privileges for next season,” said Nobuhle Dlamini after clinching the Vodacom Origins of Golf Series on Wednesday at the Selborne Golf Estate, Spa and Hotel in KwaZulu-Natal.

Dlamini’s dream season continued as she fired a two-under-par 70 in testing conditions and started the final round three shots clear of the field and staved off spirited challenges from British pair Lauren Taylor and Jane Turner and South Africa’s Lejan Lewthwaite on the last day to clinch her fourth victory of the season with a birdie finish.

The 2019 Investec Property Fund Order of Merit winner closed with a 73 to win by three shots on one-under-par 143.

“It was a strange two days. In the first round, the wind was strong, but it was blowing in the right direction. I was pretty accurate off the tees and put myself in good positions to score, “said Dlamini. Picture by Tyrone Winfield.

“In the final round, the wind blew from the opposite direction and the course played really tough. I did hit the ball well, but the putter was cold. I’m thrilled with the win, though. It’s great to have this series for the younger professionals and for players like myself and the others who are on a break from the Ladies European Tour (LET). It’s really good to stay competitive.”

Dlamini was in great form during the 2019 Sunshine Ladies Tour, reeling in titles in the Dimension Data Ladies Challenge at Fancourt, the Joburg Ladies Open at Soweto Country Club and the Investec Royal Swazi Open for Ladies at her home course in May. She arrived at Selborne after enjoying her best two finishes on the Ladies European Tour

The big-hitting Eswatini golfer managed to get into eight events, but I missed a few cuts as a resulted the pressure was on. She finished in the top 12 and 15 in France and Spain respectively, which boosted her ranking. “I didn’t perform great in India, but a 64th place finish took me to 83rd in the rankings, ” said Dlamini.

“The top 80 on the Order of Merit will keep their cards, so hopefully I make it. I’m still on the reserve list for the Spanish Open at the end of November, but I am into the last event, the new Magical Kenya Ladies Open. The ladies who haven’t played six events will fall out and if I do well in Kenya I should be okay for next year.”

Dlamini will be up against tough competition at Simola Country Club on 29-30 October with Lee-Anne Pace making a return to South African shores alongside French golfer Anna-Lise Caudal, who denied Dlamini in the Jabra Ladies Classic at Glendower and five-time Sunshine Ladies Tour winner Stacy Bregman, among others.

“I’m looking forward to the Vodacom Origins Series final at Simola Country Club. It’s one more chance to stay competitive and from what I hear, it will be a strong field. It should be a really good contest between us,” Dlamini said.

“I’ve been told that Simola is very beautiful, but being a Jack Nicklaus design, you know it will be a very good test. I’ll spend the next couple weeks working on my game and I’ll be ready for the final.”

In the Vodacom Origins of Golf Series Taylor finished as the runner-up with successive rounds of 73, while 2019 South African Women’s Masters champion Lewthwaite and reigning SuperSport Ladies Challenge champion Turner from Scotland shared third on one seven-over.

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