Mketekete vaults to top of Zambezi Tour money list

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Ignatius Mketekete might have blown a five-stroke lead at the NetOne Leopard Rock Classic over the weekend, but his second place finish was enough to see him dislodge Tongo Charamba at the top of the Golden Pilsener Zambezi Golf Tour money list.

Robson Saurombe rallied from behind to win by one stroke while Mketekete threw away a five-stroke advantage going into the last nine holes on the final day after a disastrous nine on the par- four 11th hole.

Mketekete, who won the first leg of the NetOne Classic series in Bulawayo before his second place finish this weekend, has earned
$5 544,83 in four tournaments this season.

His rival Charamba, who was topping the money list after his victory in the Hwange Chaferfly Golf Open, dropped to third place after finishing a disappointing 24th at Leopard Rock.

Charamba, the two-time winner on the Sunshine Tour and highest-ranked Zimbabwean on the Sunshine Tour last season, has shown flashes of brilliance this season but is yet to reach his peak.

Saurombe, who pocketed $3 200 of the $20 000 total prize fund sponsored by NetOne this weekend, moved one place up to second position as his season’s earnings have now reached
$5 104,25 also in four tournaments.

The Leopard Rock tournament was the second leg of NetOne’s triangular series that started in Bulawayo before winding up with the inimitable finale at Borrowdale Brooke in Harare.

The weekend, however, belonged to the Chapman Golf Club-based Saurombe who got the lion’s share of the prize money after carding a one over-par 214 after rounds of 71, 70 and 73 in the 54-hole Pro-Am tournament.

It was sweet revenge for Saurombe who could only manage a third place finish behind Mketekete who won the first leg of the three-legged series in Bulawayo early this year.

The ever-improving Philip Tshuma has now moved to fourth place on the Zambezi Tour money list after his third place finish at Leopard Rock increased his season’s earnings to $3 877,50.

Tshuma finished three shots adrift of Saurombe after signing for a three over par 216.