Zim golfers hunt in Cape Town

HARARE – At least six Zimbabwean golfers will be in contention when the RAM Cape Town Open returns to Royal Cape Golf Club in South Africa this morning.

After the festive season break, the Sunshine Tour returned last week with the Eye of Africa PGA Championship in Johannesburg last week before moving to Cape Town this week.

Ben Follett-Smith, Mark Williams, Mohammad Rauf Mandhu, Robson Chinoi, Anthony Michael and Ryan Cairns will be flying the Zimbabwean flag high in the Western Cape this week.

Follett-Smith was the best performer at the Eye of Africa Championship as he finished tied for 17th with a score of 4-under-par 284.

Williams also made the cut last week and competed in the championship rounds but finished way down the leaderboard in 58th place with a score of 10-over-par 298.

Mandhu and Chinoi has to take part in the pre-qualifying tournament in order to book their place among the 156-strong field for the RAM Cape Town Open.

Chinoi carded a score of 1-over-par 73 at yesterday’s pre-Q to secure on of the 15 available slots to take part in today’s first round.

Mandhu was a further shot behind his compatriot after scoring a 74 that also ensured he is part of the 156 field for the RAM Cape Town Open.

Last year, the seven-year-old tournament was staged at the King David Mowbray Golf Club due to a drought that had affected Royal Cape Golf Club.

From 2012 to 2016 it was played annually in November, but it was changed to be staged in February since last year and the tournament boasts a prize fund of R2-million.

Four of the six previous winners, Rhys Enoch who is defending, Jacques Kruyswijk who won it a year before Enoch did, Jaco Ahlers who won in 2014 and Jake Roos who won the first event in 2012, are in the field this week.

Comments (5)

We need to make black golfers. There will be sponsorship for kids from a poor background in the coming years also to encourage the sport to a wider community. In future we are able to host an annual pga tournament with prize money ten times that.

Entumbani Golf Club - 8 February 2019

Royal cape isnt the course I like the most in WC , its not a bad course though...good value for money. Should be able to find time to tee off there in the coming months , wouldn't put it on the list....I mean like , pebble beach , monte rei , etc vacations are the top todos. Good Luck hey zimbos.

Entumbani Golf Club - 8 February 2019

Congratulations Follett-Smith , playing in the wind is not child's play and the course wasn't at its best. Uzabuya ko bulawayo phela to play for charity to empower poor kids in the townships , silungiselela I Bulawayo Cup umnyaka ozayo.

Royal Bulawayo Cup - 11 February 2019

Kwanzi murikuda kushamisira neyi...makadzidza kupi ? , well takadzidza ku magwegwe , tikakwira BA ne vhiza , then tikaita travel sevamwe vana from gundi , falcon etc vataisangana navo...tasmania , Christchurch , Sydney , Dublin , Boston , Paris , Berlin , Toronto...etc takawona nyika dzichirikubuda mukaka. Tikatambawo gorofu...over 240 courses in total so far. Ndirobasa pawikendi....ndoro ndoro ne Taylormade kana Callaway neka Bentley. Hameno imi veku georges ka , vamwe venyu vanzwa nedhodhi. Just giving back...ndakapihwawo mugove. Zvababa hazvisi zvemwana.

Byo tee times - 12 February 2019

Abantu abamnyama THEY don't do well post school ngoba ubaba lo mama don't plan financially. Kumele ufake imali eceleni eyokulungiselela ingane impilo enhle. Isikholo se secondary/high school hikuqalisa. E zimbabwe ama university ngawamahala , mara nxa umuntu sesuka e university esefuna ukuqalisa I mpilo imali iyafunakala eyokutenga kumbe ukuyakha indlu , ukufunda emazveni etc. Khatesi sokuhlupa , imisebenzi kayitolakali , abalenhlanhla bayacapa. Ukucapa akutsho ukuthi usu ryte. Umuntu olemali uyaqala kahle , better head start , uyakwanisa ukungena esekholo , abangane bakhe kayisibo omalayitshela , umfazi kumbe indoda yakhe kayilayitsheli. Uyapuma ngcono. At 24 untwana epuma ekhaya kumele apume lemali , eg US$30K...kuyanceda. I mali le iyatholakala nxa umuntu elima kumbe efuya inkomo ekhaya.Bayadubeka abantu abangaqalanga kumbe abangangenanga kuhle. I golofu yinfundo...alternative learning , kuyafana , kufuna imali engakadlali.

Iqiniso le mali - 12 February 2019

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