Bentley misses the cut at St Francis Links

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s Greg Bentley failed to qualify for this week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung tournament yesterday.

Bentley had a bad day on the course at the St Francis Links after the Zimbabwean shot a round of 82 to finish 10-over during the qualifying tournament held yesterday.

With only limited places available at the qualifier for the Eastern Cape leg of the series, Bentley need to at least finish in the top 10 to qualify to play in the tournament that tees off this morning.

It was not to be for the Zimbabwe as he finished way down the leaderboard in 29th place that also sees him miss his second Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament on the trot.

Bentley also failed to make the grade for the Western Cape leg of the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Arabella Country Club following his four-over 76.

Yesterday, the Zimbabwean began his outward nine with a bogey on the par-4 1st hole which set the tone for the rest of his round.

More bogeys followed on number 3, 6 and 7 to add on to the double bogey he picked at the par-4 5th hole.

The Zimbabwean’s only birdies on the front nine came at number 4 and 8 as nothing went right for him. Bentley finished his outward nine at four-over 40.

The trend continued in the inward nine as Bentley went on to score a six-over 42 that included two bogeys and a couple double bogeys.

South African Desne van den Bergh won the qualifying tournament after he shot a three-under 69, one shot clear of Adrian Ford, Torben Baumann, Derick Petersen and Le Roux Ferreira, who were tied for second place.

Meanwhile, Jean Hugo is looking for back-to-back wins on this Sunshine Tour series after his victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Arabella last week.

Hugo’s victory in the wind and rain at Arabella marked his ninth triumph in the 11-year history of the Vodacom Origins of Golf, which is the local circuit’s single biggest series of pro-am tournaments.

I have always enjoyed this series,” Hugo told the Sunshine Tour official website yesterday. “I think it’s because we always play such great golf courses. And playing with the amateurs brings another dimension to the week. It’s a bit more relaxed and fun.

“My first win in the series was at Arabella in 2006 and everything just seemed to play into my hands as I won the tournament by five strokes. That was a special moment.

“But I think my favourite was the 2010 event at The Els Club, Copperleaf, when I beat Charl Schwartzel by one shot with a course record of 62. And in 2011 I won three times in one season and had a pretty memorable prizegiving ceremony at the top of the mountain at the Extreme 19th hole at the Legends Resort.”

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