Gondo seizes initiative at Harare Open

HARARE - A dramatic turn of events yesterday saw Brian Gondo seize the initiative from first round leader Robson Saurombe whose dreadful 78 left him with an afternoon to forget.

Gondo shot a commendable 3 under par 68 to rise to the top of the money table at the Golden Pilsener Harare Open at Chapman Golf Club.

Saurombe’s had seemed destined to win the Harare Open after his mystic opening round 66 thrust him five strokes ahead of the chasing pack.

However, all that was undone by awful 78 that saw the 31-year-old professional golfer fall from grace to land him way down the perking order tied for eighth on level par.

It will now need something special from the Mutare raised golfer if he entertains any hopes of crawling his way back into contention.

Going into today’s final round, Gondo will feel he has the edge to wrap this one up especially given less than 24 hours earlier he was tied for 17 after carding 73.

But the former Hwange Open champion knows all too well there will be need for caution given his ascendency has been a mixture of good golf and unconvincingly high scores from his rivals.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s Sipho Bujela is in second place, one stroke a drift of Gondo on two under par.

Elsewhere, Zimbabwean professional golfer Kayaam Mandhu shot the second lowest score of the day, signing for a 69 to add to his opening round of 79, leaving him tied on 23 on four over par.

As for the amateurs, Pride Sembo is the highest placed amateur tied for 11th on one over par after two rounds.

Visitor Mapawaya, who is on a three-way tie on 20 is the second highest placed amateur three over par.

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