Recently-crowned Marange Resources Pro-Am golf champion Greg Bentley dedicated his maiden professional triumph in Mutare over the weekend to his late younger sister who passed away last year.
Bentley was close to tears when asked who he would dedicate the win to, following a sublime performance which saw him cruise dominant in six shots win at the picturesque Hillside Golf Club.
I dedicate this win to my little sister Chelsea, said the former St Georges College schoolboy. She passed away about a year ago and ever since I have been working hard to make her proud. I hope wherever she is, she will be proud of me.
For Bentley, the win was a culmination of hard work and perseverance after very few people gave him a chance to succeed in the sport which he only started properly at the age of 17.
Its been a long hard road. I only started playing golf properly when I was 17 years old and everyone told me I was too old to play. I have been grinding and grinding ever since.
This is my first proper win in golf. When I was still an amateur, I only won the club championship, but not a proper amateur tournament so its a nice feeling to finally have the hard work paying off, he said.
The Borrowdale Brooke professional praised organisers of the Golden Pilsener Zambezi Tour and sponsors like Marange Resources for their dedication to professional golf in Zimbabwe.
Its such a blessing for us as professionals to be able to play this game as often as we have because of the Zambezi Tour. Playing all these events prepares one for the next step which is nice because the more tournaments one play the more competitive one becomes, said Bentley.
Final Leaderboard (Top four)
1 Greg Bentley 70, 67, 71 (eight-under-par 208) $5 400
2 Ignatius Mketekete 75, 69, 71 (one-under-par 215) $3 900
3 Brian Gondo 72, 72, 72 (even-par 216) $3 150
T4 Mick Hough 72, 72, 75 (three-over-par 219) $2 250
T4 Vengesai Phiri 71, 74, 74 (three-over-par 219) $2 250