In-form local professional golfer Ignatius Mketekete believes he can mount a serious challenge on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa following his impressive run on the Golden Pilsner Zambezi Tour this season.
Mketekete has been in a class of his won this season and only last week completed his second consecutive win inside two weeks after capturing the third and final leg of the NetOne Golf Series by a massive eight shots at the Borrowdale Brooke Golf Course to capture the $3 400 winners’ cheque.
It was Mketekete’s second win inside a week after his playoff victory at the FSG Lowveld Pro-am in Triangle and Hippo Valley last weekend and his second in the three-legged NetOne golf series after his victory at the opening leg in Bulawayo in July.
Earlier this month Mketekete impressed at the KCM Zambia Open, one of the legs on the Sunshine Tour, with an impressive sixth-place finish.
Encouraged by such a good performance and what has been a promising year so far, Mketekete said he was confident that he could make an impact on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa.
“I feel that I’m on top of my game at the moment. I’ve been playing well in most of the tournaments that I’ve taken part in both at home and abroad.
“I feel this is the best opportunity to move to another stage, and that is playing more regularly on the Sunshine Tour and hopefully making an impact there as well,” Mketekete said.
Early this year Mketekete finished tied 23rd with US-based Bruce Mcdonald to emerge as one of the best local golfers at the Africom Zimbabwe Open.
He went on to win the Bulawayo leg of the NetOne Classic before finishing second at the NetOne Leopard Rock Classic in September.
Born in Zvishavane in 1984, Mketekete who turned professional in 2004, attended Shabanie Mine Primary School before he proceeded to Mandava for his secondary education.
Meanwhile, United States-based professional golfer Brendon De Jonge, who has been enjoying a decent run on the US PGA Tour this season, finished in a two-way tie for 32nd at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia last Sunday.
De Jonge and Bruce McDonald will represent Zimbabwe at the 2011 Omega Mission Hills Golf World Cup at the Mission Hills Resort in Hainan Island, China, from November 24-27.