Zim's Hough qualifies for BMG Classic

HARARE - Zimbabwean golfer Micky Hough yesterday shot a four-over 76 at the pre-qualifying tournament to make the grade for the BMG Classic set to start today at the Glendower Country Club in South Africa.

Hough now joins Ryan Cairns as the two Zimbabweans that will tee off this morning in a field of 156 when the tournament proper starts.

Most of the local golfers opted out of the Sunshine Tour, choosing to compete in the Golden Pilsner Zambezi-sanctioned Chaferfly Hwange Open that starts on Saturday.

Hough must however improve on his game if he intends to make the cut, placed at top 40 players and ties after 36 holes.

The 29-year-old had a bogey laden score card at the end of the pre-Q yesterday but he did enough to qualify for his 13th tournament on the Sunshine Tour circuit.

The Zimbabwean shot eight bogeys, four birdies and saved par on six occasions.

Hough dropped his first shot on the hugely demanding par-five second hole before recovering with birdie on the par-four fourth hole.

All the good work was however undone when he Hough dropped shots on the next three holes before picking one shot on the par-five eight .

Hough finished the front nine on two-over 38 after saving par on the ninth.

His back nine was almost similar to the front nine as he dropped shots at regular intervals.

Hough bogeyed holes 12, 14, 16 and 17 while only picking up shots on 13th and last holes.

Stuart Smith of Botswana won the pre-Q after carding a one-under 71 while Dayne Moore of Zambia was in second place with an even par 72.

A total of 19 golfers from the field of 21 qualified to enter into the draw for the tournament that tees off this morning.

Only Johan Geldenhuys and Tyrone Lorussoof South Africa failed to make the cut after carding scores of 12-over 84 and 13-over 85 respectively.

Meanwhile, South African Johan Bekker, who is one of the most consistent performers on the Sunshine Tour, is looking forward to continue with his form at the BMG Classic.

“I’ve always liked the course. I love the back nine, putt well on the greens and I feel very comfortable playing there. My game is feeling good and I’m sure I can do well this week,” Bekker told the Sunshine Tour website yesterday.

Bekker recorded his best professional finish at last year’s BMG Classic, when the 27-year-old took home a share of 11th.

“Last year (at BMG) I experienced a mixture of pressure and nerves, and that caused me to struggle at the start of the final round. I came back well, and that did a lot for me. The Big Easy helped a lot as well – I feel confident playing in the last match, and my game is there. I think I’m up there,” he said.

Last year, James Kamte shot 64 and hit nine-under par for the tournament, only to be caught by Dawie van der Walt after the latter rocketed around the track in 63.

The ensuing sudden-death playoff saw Kamte sink a 20-footer for the win.

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