Hough, Bentley miss Africa Open

HARARE - Zimbabwean golfers Micky Hough and Greg Bentley missed out on the Africa Open tournament after performing badly at the qualifying tournament on Tuesday.

The duo missed the cut to play in the co-sanctioned tournament that gets underway this morning at the East London Golf Club.

Bentley carded one-over 73 while Hough carded two-over 74 during the qualifying tournament at Fish River Sun Country Club.

10 places were up for grabs during the qualifying tournament and the duo needed at least to shoot three-under to stand a chance of playing in the tournament proper.

This was the second tournament Bentley and Hough have failed to qualify inside a week after missing the cut for the Joburg Open qualifying tournament last week.

South African Ryan Tipping carded a near-flawless 67 to secure the first of 10 places available.

“I played really solidly today. In fact, I didn’t make a mistake until the 12th, and even there it was unfortunate, so I’m very happy with my score,” Tipping told the Sunshine Tour website.

“Last week I also played well, but I had one bad hole that stopped me from qualifying, so I’m excited to start the season on a high.”

At the Africa Open, Zimbabwe will only be represented by Rayn Cairns, who is exempted to play in the tournament due to his previous wins on the Sunshine Tour.

Cairns will tee off this morning at 11:40 together with South African Neil Schietekat and Frenchman Alexander Levy, according to the first round draw released by the sunshine Tour yesterday.

The Zimbabwean will be hoping for a better outing at the Africa Open after he missed the cut at the Joburg Open following a two-under 141in the opening two rounds.

Meanwhile, Justin Walters wants to capitalise on his recent fine form when he tees up in the Africa Open after his second place finish at the Joburg Open last week.

“Any time you start to feel a bit of form you want to continue,” he said. “You never know week to week what’s going to happen, but I’d like to get the momentum going and not be a one-week wonder.

“The game is its own beast, because we’re in a different part of the country, different greens, different conditions, but I’d like to build towards something, get myself into position again and do a better job at the end.”

Thomas Aiken, Dawie Van der Walt, Jbe Kruger and defending champion Darren Fichardt will all be hoping for home advantage, while other notable names in the field include Englishman Robert Rock and Frenchman Grégory Bourdy.

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