Golfer Krog in good start

GABORONE - Zimbabwe's leading junior golfer Stuart Krog opened his quest for an African Youth Games medal with a steady level-par 71 here at the Gaborone Golf Club yesterday.

The African Youth Games golf challenge is being staged over three days in Botswana’s capital and is a 54 holes stroke play format.

The St George’s College pupil is currently tied for third place, five strokes off the pace going into today’s second round.

Krog’s round of 71 was a mixed bag that included seven birdies, two double bogeys and three bogeys.

South Africa’s Kyle McClatchie s atop the leaderboard after firing a scintillating five-under 66 on the Gaborone Golf Club greens.

McClatchie was untouchable, setting the tone with a 33 on the front nine and followed it up with another 33 on the back nine.

Krog, who holds the No 1 spot on the Zimbabwe Golf Association’s junior rankings, is hoping to pull himself up the leaderboard as the action progresses.

“I started really bad. I was three over through five holes, then I managed to get three birdies in the space of three holes to bring me back to level par,” he said.

“I made a bogey on the 12th hole then came back with two birdies on the 13th and 14th followed by a bogey on the 15th and finished off with three straight pars.

“I made plenty birdies which is the upside. If I can limit the damage I will be able to shot low numbers.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s Under-18 basketball team missed out on a bronze medal after falling to Algeria 13-7 in the third and fourth play-off.

They had earlier beat Mozambique 12-11 in the quarter-final before losing out 11-13 to Egypt in the semi-finals.

The team, however, had some consolation after producing Team Zimbabwe’s first gold medal after Conway High School’s Petra Mukonde won the shooting competition.

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