Tongo still on the money

HARARE - Tongo Charamba was on Friday left livid after blowing a golden chance to crawl up the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open leaderboard but praised his composure as he dug deep to offset the poor start.

After an inspiring first round 67, the Chapman-based golfer represented both extremes, dropping six shots but firing seven birdies to post a one-under-par 71 for a total six-under-par 138.

Charamba now goes into the third round of the 72 holes stroke play championship sharing 12th   place, five shots off pacesetter South Africa’s Jean Hugo.

Hugo negotiated the 7 166 yards Royal Harare Golf course in stellar fashion reeling five birdies and an eagle to post a second round score of five-under-par 67 for a total 11-under-par 133.

The 1999 Zimbabwe Open Champion is two shots clear of his countryman Haydn Porteous, who is seating on a total of nine-under-par 135 at the halfway stage of Zimbabwe’s premier golf event.

The South Africa quintet of Steven Ferreira, 2010 champion Jbe’ Kruger, Warren Abery, day one leader Le Roux Ferreira and Daniel Greene share third place, three shots off the pace, on eight-under-par 136.

Another four players are a further shot behind on seven-under-par 135 before a seven-way tie occupying 12th place including Charamba.

But this is one of those error-prone rounds Charamba would want to quickly forget especially given his fiery start with a birdie on the fifth hole to go six under.

His game went off the rails with two consecutive bogeys.

He picked his game up with three successive birdies before a triple bogey on the ninth hole dented his ascendancy but three birdies on the back nine helped steer his ship back on track.

Charamba described his error-prone second round that saw him drop six shots as a “mixed bag.”

“It was a mixed bag,” he told the Daily News yesterday.

“I hit very good shots but also had a few loose ones and got punished for the loose ones.

“But it happens in golf; you just have to keep your composure otherwise I could have gone haywire on the back nine.

“I’m one kind of a player who never loses it on the golf course. I always try and maintain my composure.

“It doesn’t matter how badly or how well I’m playing. And also with maturity, you somehow grow into it. I’m just hoping for a good weekend from here on.”

Meanwhile, three other Zimbabwean golfers made the cut to play in the third round after Ignatius Mketekete posted 71 to go two under and shares position 41 whilst Scott Vincent and Ryan Cairns are one-under-par after two rounds on position 55.

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