Brilliant Follet-Smith stretches lead to 8 strokes

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BENJAMIN Follet-Smith shot a five-under-par 67 to stretch his lead in the penultimate round of the National Aids Council (NAC) HIV & Cancer Prevention Drive Pro Am tournament at Royal Harare Golf Club yesterday.

BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

After starting the second round with a two-shot lead following his sizzling 64 on Wednesday, the talented 23-year-old golfer continued his brilliant form to sign for a steady 67, for a two-round total 13-under 131 to open up an eight-stroke lead over the rest of the field.

Follet-Smith made the turn on three under before managing consecutive birdies on holes number 13 and 14.

He would drop a shot on the par-three at the 15th, but bounced back with a miraculous par save at the 16th after a solid 12-foot putt after a brilliant bunker shot to set himself up for a solid finish.

The former Mississippi State University star managed a birdie on the 17th to compensate for a bogey made on the same hole on Wednesday before closing with a par on the 18th after a six-foot birdie.

He will start the final round well clear of the field with Zimbabwe Professional Golfers’ Association president, Gary Thompson a distant second after carding a level-par 72 yesterday for a five under-par 139 total.

Defending champion, Stephen Ferreira carded his second consecutive 70 and will start the final round in a tie for third position with Tranos Muradzikwa on four-under 140.

Bulawayo Golf Club professional, Brian Gondo could not replicate his opening round heroics, as he followed up his 66 on Wednesday with a 75 to finish the penultimate round on three-under, a shot better than Zambian Madalitso Muthiya.