Inform Zimbabwean golfer Ignatius Mteketeke secured his best finish on the Sunshine Tour this season after finishing in a tie for 11th at the R1,2 million KCM Zambia Open at Nchanga Golf Club in Chingola on Sunday.
Mteketeke fired a final round one over par 73 to finish on six-under-par 282 after earlier rounds of 70, 68 and 71 in the first 54 holes to earn a cool R 18 580.
The 25-year-old Chapman Golf Club-based pro finished 10 shots behind the eventual winner Doug McGuigan of South Africa, who won his fifth Sunshine Tour title after outlasting compatriot Jean Hugo in a five-hole play-off.
The pair finished level on 16-under-par 272 after the 762 holes of regulation play, and then McGuigan held his nerve through the five play-off holes to deny Hugo what would have been his fourth title of a golden season.
Mteketeke who improved from his 34th place finish at last year’s tournament was the only Zimbabwean golfer to finish in the top 20 in Zambia.
Two-time Sunshine Tour winner Tongo Charamba was further down the leaderboard after finishing tied for 42nd after finishing on three over par 291 while Julius Kalimazeni and Tranos Muradzikwa 49th and 56th respectively.
Other local professionals Mohammad Mandhu and Day Muyambo had automatic entry in the tournament, but could not make the cut after 36 holes while Philip Tshuma fell by the wayside during the pre-qualifying round.
However, for Mteketeke it was another good day in the office as he currently tops the local Golden Pilsener Zambezi Golf Tour money list with earnings amounting $5 544, 83 in four tournaments.
Early this year Mteketete finished tied 23rd with US-based Bruce Mcdonald to emerge the best local golfers at the Africom Zimbabwe Open.
He then won the Bulawayo leg of the NetOne Classic before finishing second at the NetOne Leopard Rock Classic in September.