Hough, Bentley miss Royal Swazi Open

HARARE - Zimbabwean golfers Micky Hough and Greg Bentley failed to reach the Investec Royal Swazi Open tournament that tees off today after missing the cut at the pre-qualifier yesterday.

Hough, who won the Sunshine Big Easy Tour Observatory tournament last week, missed out on one of the 10 places up for grabs after finishing the pre-q in 12th place at the Royal Swazi Sun Country Club.

The tourney was played under the modified scoring system. The points awarded are as follows; albatross is equal to eight points while an eagle gives you five.

A birdie was is worth two points and a par is zero while bogey is equivalent to one under.

A double bogey or worse would get you a score of three-under.

Hough finished the tournament on 10 points after carding six birdies and two bogeys over the 18 holes.

Bentley finished the pre-qualifier in 32nd place as he could only get to six points at the end of 18 holes.

The pre-qualifier was won by South African Darren Lloyd, who had 21 points while his fellow compatriot Derik Ferreira was three points behind.

The other remaining eight places that were up for grabs at the pre-qualifier went to Brandon Detweiler of the US and Englishman Jeff Inglis together with South Africans Johan de Beer, Kevin Stone, Desne van den Bergh, John Bele, Martin du Toit and Shaun Smith.

Ryan Cairns will now be the only Zimbabwean carrying the country’s flag at the tournament when it tees off today.

Cairns, who finished in 10th place at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open last month, has been drawn together with South Africans Des Terblanche and Teboho Sefatsa for the opening round.

The trio will tee off 6:29am from the 10th tee box.

Zimbabwe Open champion Jake Roos is also in Swaziland and will be hoping to win his seventh Sunshine Tour event.

Roos has been drawn together with his fellow South Africans, James Kingston and Doug McGuigan. - Sports Writer

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