Tshwane Open : Myeki and Dlamini ready for Tshwane Open
Most golfers would be seriously frustrated to shoot 20 over par in a 54-hole championship and even more so if you are ranked among South Africa’s top three amateurs.
Yet, Zethu Myeki from Border wore a big smile after a tie for 30th in the Ladies Joburg Open in early January.
Myeki vaulted from 55th to third in the senior national rankings during a standout 2015 season, but rounds of 78, 76 and 82 at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington’s West Course were nowhere near the number…s the reigning Border Stroke Play champion was shooting last year.
So what exactly left Myeki so chipper? And why is she still so upbeat ahead of this week’s Ladies Tshwane Open at Zwartkop Country Club?
“I was pretty frustrated in the first round, but Nobuhle Dlamini put things into perspective for me,” the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation member explained.
“We played together and I told her that I was working on some changes to my swing and putting stance. Nobuhle told me that I had to focus on the changes I was making.
“Nobby spent the better part of a year rebuilding her swing and she is only now starting to shoot the kind of numbers that took her to the number one spot amateur in South Africa.
“I think when someone like Nobby, who rose to third in the world amateur golf rankings, tells you that you have what it takes, you should listen. I’m smiling I have a clear idea of what I am working towards and I started seeing some improvements in round three, even if that was my worst day.”
Working through changes takes time and patience, but the commitment paid off for Dlamini when she regained her card for the 2016 Ladies European Tour at the Final Stage Qualifier in December.
“I spent most of 2015 changing my swing to gain more distance and accuracy,” Dlamini explained.
“I told Zethu that a week before Q-School I shot rounds of 83, 89 and 79 in the SA Women’s Open, but I never doubted the changes I made and I trusted the process in Morocco. And this after I finished 15th overall after shooting 35 over at San Lameer.
“I explained to Zethu that it takes time for changes like this to become an automatic part of your game. Your body fights you and wants to go back to what it knows. I told her that she needs to practice the changes over and over for it to become a positive habit.”
Myeki and Dlamini will both line up in the Ladies Tshwane Open at Zwartkop Country Club from 2-4 February.
Source : Tshwane Open