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Nguru captures Bata Power Open

AMATEUR golfer Clive Nguru set a new course record on his way to a dominant six-shot victory at the annual Bata Power Open held at Gweru Golf Club at the weekend.

AMATEUR golfer Clive Nguru set a new course record on his way to a dominant six-shot victory at the annual Bata Power Open held at Gweru Golf Club at the weekend.

Report by Daniel Nhakaniso

The Chapman Golf Club rising star fired a new course record, five-under par 67 in the second round, after having opened his campaign with a level-par 72 before adding further rounds of 71, and 73 in the last 36 holes to finish on five under-par 283.

Claremont Golf Course-based Robson Chinhoyi finished a distant second on one-over par 283 and six shots adrift of the eventual winner while Visitor Mapwanya from Renco Mine was in third place on 11-over par.

Thembelani Vundla, who recently won the Elephant Hills Open, finished fourth on 13 over-par.

Fourteen-year-old junior golfer David Amm, who plays off a six handicap, was, however, the story of the tournament as he carded rounds of 74, 78, 73 and 77 to finish in fifth position.

Following the conclusion of the Bata Power Open, the Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) yesterday announced a four-member amateur team to represent Zimbabwe at the All-Africa Amateur Golf Championships to be held in Swaziland from October 19-23.

The team, which was selected based on the ZGA Order of Merit standings, comprises of Nguru, Vundla, Biggie Chibvuri and Christain Mbanga, while Bradley Hudson is the non-travelling reserve.

Sunshine Tour resumesMeanwhile, in professional golf, the Sunshine Tour schedule resumes this week after a short break with Zimbabwean golfers in action at the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament which tees off tomorrow at the Gary Player-designed Langebaan Country Estate and Golf Course in the Western Cape.

Seasoned professional golfer Ryan Cairns, who is the highest ranked player on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit Standings on position 42, will carry the nation’s hopes in Cape Town.

Cairns, who has earned a cool R313 849, 38 from the 15 tournaments he has played in this season, will be hoping to further increase his season-earnings by winning the lion’s share of the R600 000 which will be on offer this week.

While Cairns qualified automatically for the tournament due to his playing privileges on the Sunshine Tour, fellow Zimbabwean golfers Michael Hough, Greg Bentley and Tongo Charamba will have to play in the prequalifying round which starts this morning.

De Jonge makes cutOn the US PGA Tour, Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge made his 21st cut from 26 events he has played in this season at Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

The burly Harare-born golfer carded round of 70, 68, 70 and 71 to finish on one-over par 279 and settle for a tie for position 52 on the leaderboard.

Three Nations Junior Golf Challenge tees off The Zimbabwe Junior golf team arrived in Victoria Falls yesterday for the Elephant Hills Three Nations Golf Challenge that starts tomorrow.

The team consists of Travis Smith, Stuart Krog, Mbongeni Maphosa (captain), Jack Allard, Kiren Vincent and Rasheed Mahommed. Leading the team are Roger Baylis as coach and Kyle Basson as manager.

The Kenyan team consists of Daniel Nduva, Tahir Mohamed, Mathew Wahome, Kush Mediratta, Adel Balala and John Mburu. They are accompanied by their manager and coach Taufiq Balala and Charles Farrar. Namibia have the following players Brendan Britten, Stefanus Bonifatius, Niel Theron, Gabriel Shikodi, Kasumo Paulino and Zillan du Pisani.

Leading the team is Eddy Angula.

The Namibian team was expected later in the day yesterday. The junior players will officially have a feel of the course today with the actual tournament starting tomorrow.