CENTURION Golf Club's Nobuhle Dlamini will be the player to watch when the Nedbank Eastern Cape strokeplay and matchplay championship starts at Humewood Golf Club on Monday.
Dlamini is one of the brightest stars to emerge in South African women's golf in the last 24 months.
This is a direct result of a successful run last year which saw her rise to No2 in the women's world amateur rankings and No1 on the South African list.
She had numerous victories, including the Sanlam women's amateur SA strokeplay championship, the Gauteng matchplay, Ekurhulenhi strokeplay, Boland championship, KwaZulu-Natal matchplay, North West strokeplay and the Western Province Ackerman championship. She also won the Eastern Cape matchplay and strokeplay double at the Port Elizabeth Golf Club last year.
Swaziland-born Dlamini is in her final year at the University of Pretoria, where she is majoring in sports science after which she will be off to tour schools to try out for a European tour card in December.
But for now she will be leading the pack vying for the honours in the first major provincial championship of the year as she attempts another double, this time at Humewood.
But with seven of the top eight South African players also in the field, competition is likely to be fierce.
The event starts on Sunday with a fundraising four-ball betterball followed by the tournament proper. It gets under way with the strokeplay and matchplay in three divisions over three days until Wednesday.