WINGATE Golf Club professional Farai Chitengwa moved a step closer towards capturing his maiden Zambezi Tour title after taking a one-shot lead after the opening round of the 2014 Open Classic at Chapman Golf Club yesterday.
Chitengwa, the son of respected coach Lewis Muridzo, carded a solid two-under par 70 in opening round and will enter today’s final round with a one-shot lead over Robson Saurombe who opened with a 71.
Borrowdale Brooke-based Ryan Lang shot a level par 72 which featured a hole in one on number seven.
Lang is tied for third position with Laiford Yadyo, Benard Magaso and one of the pre-tournament favourites Ignatius Mketekete.
Former top amateur golfer Clive Nguru is also in the mix after carding two-over par 74 in his first pro tournament while Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya carded one-over par 73.
Meanwhile, top local professional Ryan Cairns, who withdrew from the tournament due to injury, faces a lengthy period on the sidelines as he is set to undergo surgery after rapturing ligaments on his wrist.
“I have been struggling with a hand injury for most of the year. Between having physio done at tournaments and strapping up my wrist, it just wasn’t improving. So I went to have an MRI done in Brisbane after spending time with my family in Australia.
“I then caught my flight bound for Johannesburg, but received the MRI results from my doctor while on my layover in Sydney which changed everything. Two ligaments are ruptured, torn from the bone and I need reconstructive surgery done to get the stabilisation back in my hand,” Cairns said.
“It’s been tough news to swallow, but the surgery will put me out for 3 months after which I will be back on tour and ready for the big events this summer on the Sunshine Tour,” he said.