Local golfers miss out in Swazi

HARARE - Zimbabwean golfers Ryan Cairns, Robson Saurombe, Greg Bentley, Kayyam Mandhu and Brian Gondo failed to qualify for the Lombard Insurance Classic at the Royal Swazi Spa Country Club yesterday.

With 15 places available for the tournament which tees off this morning, the magic number to shoot at yesterday’s pre-qualifier was two-under-par 70.

Cairns just missed out of the playing in the Sunshine Tour sanctioned event after finishing his round on one-under-par 71.

The Zimbabwean’s round consisted of three birdies and two bogeys.

Saurombe also failed to qualify for the tournament when he signed for a card of one-over-par 73.

He began his round with two consecutive bogeys on the first two holes before recovering with birdies on holes 4, 5 and 7.

All that good work was undone by another bogey on the number 9 as Saurombe closed his front nine on level-par 36.

Further bogeys on 10 and 13 meant he would end his round in the black despite a picking up a shot on the last hole.

Bentley also finished his round on one-over-par 73 after a disastrous back nine.

The Borrowdale Brooke pro was five-under par after 13 holes but his game went downhill from there.

Bentley made double bogey on 14 before and went on to make consecutive bogeys from 15 to 18.

Gondo also had an inconsistent round with birdies sandwiched between a flurry of bogeys on his scorecard.

Kayyam Mandhu also had a bad day on the course when he finished on five-over-par 77.

It was a different case for his elder brother Mohammad Mandhu, who qualified for to play in today’s tournament, after he finished in fifth place during yesterday’s qualifier.

Mohammad Mandhu carded a round of three-under-par 69 and will now join fellow Zimbabwean Mark Williams, who is exempted on the Sunshine Tour circuit.

Meanwhile, 2015 Lombard Insurance Classic champion Dean Burmester will not defend his title after an administrative blunder meant he failed to register for the event.

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