SEASONED local golfer Robson Saurombe produced a stunning opening round of six-under par 66 to take a commanding five shot lead on the first day of Golden Pilsener Harare Open at Chapman Golf Club yesterday.
The 30-year old Mutare-bred golfer, whose flawless round included five birdies and an eagle on the 14th hole leads a large contingent of eight golfers who carded one-under 71.
Saurombe said he was happy with his perfomance and was hopeful of maintaining the same form for the rest of the tournament.
“I’m just happy I managed a good round and I’d like to thank God, the work I’ve been putting in my game is beginning to pay off. I hit some very good shots, my driving and putting was good. If I manage to maintain the form until Saturday I think I’ll be in contention all the way.”
“The conditions were tough today, because of the rain the course was a bit soggy and the greens were a bit slow but I just managed to put it together nicely.”
Former Zambezi Tour Order of Merit champion Ignatius Mketekete leads a large contingent of seasoned golfers who shot a solid round of one-under par.
The others include South Africans Thanda Mavundla, Simon Thabang and John Bele, Wingate Golf Club’s Nickson Masunga, Ryan Lang and Gary Thompson.
Defending champion Dale Howie is joined by six other players, namely Tongo Charamba, Mark Maile, Mohammad Mandhu, Anyway Katembenuka, Simon Murungweni and Sipho Bujela on level par 71.
In the amateur section, where Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) Order of Merit points will be on offer, Renco Mine-based Visitor Mapwanya, Pride Sembo and Perkins Mutenda lead the way after carding identical scores of two-over par 74.
Tournament director, Michael Mahachi said he was pleased with the low rounds posted by the participating golfers.
“We are excited to have a fantastic score of six- under par 66, it’s one of the best rounds we have had on the Zambezi Tour in a while. It is also commendable that we have nine players that have shot under par as it shows that the level of competition is improving all the time,” Mahachi said.