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Simukai plans to turn professional

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HWANGE Golf Club amateur Stephen Simukai hastened his chances of turning professional after winning the Harry Allen Classics Tournament which was played at the weekend.

BY OUR SPORTS REPORTER

Simukai, playing in the championship division (handicap 0-11), posted one over par 73 on Saturday, but found the course challenging the following day getting eight over par 80 to get a gross score of 153.

The golfer told NewsDay Sport that he was applying to turning professional.

“I am going to apply to turn professional this week so that my papers can go through the authorisation process. It is a great thing because it shows that I have been good. I played well in the Harry Allen Classic, but there is less challenge now. I think the professionals can now give me challenge,” he said.

Simukai has been in good form, clinching four open golf titles this year.

He performed well in the Hwange Golf Open Championship in October where he shot 142 over two days beating most professionals on the Zambezi Tour in the country.

In September, he won the Elephant Hills Country Open before coming second at Royal Livingstone in Zambia.

Last month he won the Roland Park competition in Zvishavane.

Simukai shrugged off challenge from former Elephant Hills amateur Martin Masvimbo, now in Gweru.

Masvimbo shot 11 over par 83 playing off eight before improving on Sunday, getting seven over par 79.

The tournament was sponsored by Vikings Plastics Hardware Distributors and Knight Frank, while other companies like Chaferfly also chipped in with various prizes.

Mubita Njamba of Hwange scooped the B Division after scoring 83 on Saturday, but found other amateurs too good for him and faltered scoring 90 on Sunday to end on a 173 gross.

Acey Zerf scored a gross of 178 to triumph over Margret Vera who got 180. More than 70 players turned up for the competition.

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