ZIMBABWEAN golfer Brendon de Jonge achieved his highest ever placing on the Official World Golf Rankings following his impressive fifth place finish at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa at the weekend.
Teeing off with Daniel Nhakaniso
De Jonge earned $295 000 after carding rounds of 70-68-69-66 in the star-studded 30-man field to finish the tournament as the highest placed African golfer.
The strong showing at Gary Player County Club Sun City saw De Jonge gaining seven places on the world rankings from 65th to position 58.
De Jonge’s brilliant display at the weekend came off the back of a tie for 16th position Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Golf Club in Mpumalanga province two weeks ago.
In fact De Jonge’s gradual rise on the world rankings is a reward of the good form he has enjoyed in recent weeks.
Prior to his arrival in South Africa for the first time in 16 years De Jonge was fresh from an impressive tie for 12th position ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf on November 24, having finished in a tie for seventh at the Australian Masters a week earlier.
McDonald 12th at Argentina Open
US-based Zimbabwean golfer Bruce McDonald achieved best finish on the PGA Latino America Tour after finishing in a three-way tie for 11th position at the Argentina Open Nordelta Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Sunday.
The Bulawayo-born 32-year-old golfer returned scores of 72, 68, 75, and 74 on the tough course to finish in a respectable position in a strong field that included former Masters Champion Angel Cabrera.
McDonald’s decent finish in Argentina eclipsed his previous season-best finish of 13th position at the Dominican Republic Open.
Winner of the 2004 Valdosta Classic McDonald played in the Tarheel Tour from 2008-2012 and the Sunshine Tour 2010-2012.
He represented Zimbabwe alongside Brendon de Jonge in the 2011 Omega Mission Hills World Cup and earned conditional status on PGA TOUR Latino America at the start of the 2012 season.
Top junior golfers for Orange Bowl
Top Zimbabwean junior golfers Travis Smith and Stuart Krog have been selected to represent the country at the
Doral Publix Junior Golf Classic and the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational tournaments over the Christmas period in the United States.
The Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic which is the premiere tournament for junior golf will be held at the Doral Resort and Spa in Miami Florida from December 20-23 while the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational will take place at Biltmore Golf Course from December 27 – 30.