Burmester makes his move

HARARE - Zimbabwe-born South African golfer Dean Burmester moved within one shot off leader Jbe’ Kruger during the second round of the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open yesterday.

Playing with the Zimbabwean flag on his bag, Burmester, who says he was “basically thrown out” of the country in 2003 at the height of the land re-distribution exercise, moved to 11-under-par after shooting 66.

His round included four birdies, two eagles and could have been better had he not bogeyed the fifth and the 18th holes.

Leading the way is still defending champion Kruger, who carded a solid four-under 68 to add onto the eight-under 64 in the first round.

A further shot behind Burmester is Brazilian Adilson da Silva, who shot a 68 to keep within touching distance with the leaders.

“Growing up here it helps. My mum has played here she has the course record here. So it’s nice to chat to her. What she used to do back in the days always pays dividends,” Burmester told reporters after his second round.

“Last year, I was livid not to make the cut. But this year it’s paying off. It was worth the wait.

“I think I putted well, I hit 26 puts today so that helped. I only had eleven on the back nine so I didn’t hit many greens.

“You plot your way around. Certain holes you can attack but there are probably about six holes in which you are playing for par,” said Burmester, whose father Mark played for Zimbabwe in the country’s inaugural cricket Test match against India in 1992.

The 25-year-old Nyanga-raised golfer still hopes to play for the country of his birth and is ironing out the finer details for him to represent Zimbabwe at the 2016 Olympics, regardless of the scars that he still bears from the 2003 ordeal.

His heart, however, bleeds that the state of golf has deteriorated.

“I think Zimbabwe has a bit of ground work to do. When I grew up, the junior system was fantastic.  We used to play a different tournament on a different course every day of the week during the holidays.

“But it’s positive to see the amateurs coming up and obviously Brendan (de Jonge) is a big inspiration after Nick (Price) to all of us.”

The third-placed Da Silva is pleased with his rounds so far.

“It’s a good position to be in. On this course, you’ve got to be careful with your driving, because you can easily end up on the wrong side of things.

“I have been driving it well, so for the last two days I’ve had a lot of chances for birdie,” he told the Sunshine Tour website.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s Ryan Cairns is the country’s highest placed golfer after his level par yesterday saw him go one under par.

His is tied on one-under with compatriot Mark Williams, who was left frustrated with his three-over par.

TC Charamba recovered from his first round 74 to post 72 and just make the cut.

A number of locals failed to make the cut chief among them Day Muyamba, who had a miserable second round 77 to finish five over par.

Tonderayi Masunga slumped to a miserable 80 following his opening round 71.

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