Cairns in good start

HARARE - Zimbabwean golfer Ryan Cairns finished the opening round of the Dimension Data Pro-Am tied in ninth place after carding a five-under 67 at Fancourt Golf Club in George, South Africa yesterday.

Cairns picked up three birdies on the front nine before dropping one shot on number 9.

The Zimbabwean went on to make three other birdies on the back nine to end day one of the R5 million rich tournament tied together with nine other golfers.

South Africans Dylan Frittelli, Dean Burmester, Jacques Blaauw, Wallie Coetsee, Mark Murless and Alan Michell together with Toby Tree (England), Espen Kofstad (Norway) and Julien Guerrier of France are also on five-under 67 going into today’s second round.

Other Zimbabweans in the field include Mark Williams, who is on even par after the first 18 holes, while Scott Vincent is a further shot behind.

Locals Mohammad Mandhu and Greg Bentley will have to improve their swing if they are to make the cut after signing for cards of six-over and 13-over respectively after the opening round.

At the top of the leaderboard there is a three-way tie between Italian Francesco Laporta and the South African duo of Jaco van Zyl and Brandon Stone on seven -under 65.

Laporta, who finished with a 12-over 82 round at the Tshwane Open last week, was delighted with his performance yesterday.

“After the 82 in the last round at the Tshwane Open, I was really upset with myself,” he said.

“But I worked hard for the last four or five days and I went to the tee box this morning and told myself just to do my best and enjoy the day,” the Italian told the Sunshine Tour website.

“I played very good golf. The putter was working well. I only had 23 putts, with just nine on the front nine. I made bogey on the last hole but that’s fine, because I’m there in first spot so I’m very happy.

“The first three or four holes the wind was up, and then the cloud came down and it quietened down. It was just perfect. I enjoyed the day. It was fun playing with Kevin Stone and the two amateurs we played with were great.”  

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