Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
PROFESSIONAL golfer Brendon de Jonge has a decent start at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC Stottdale in Arizona, United States, yesterday. He failed to make the cut at the Farmers Insurance last week.
The burly Zimbabwean carded a one under-par in the first round of the $6,5 million purse tourney.
A three-way tie featuring Rickie Fowler, Shane Lowry and Hideki Matsuyama was leading the pack going into the second round.
Meanwhile, David Amm has taken the leadership in the Zimbabwe Golf Association order of merit after the opening event of the season, the Dugmore Trophy, which he won in Bulawayo recently.
Amm of Chapman managed the full 25 points from the tournament that had 43 participants.
Amm is on 328 points from last year’s events and has already started his campaign to represent the country at the Zone VI championships.
In second place is Kieren Vincent who went into a play-off with Amm in the season-opener in Bulawayo.
The duo was joined by Tonderai Masunga in the sudden death play-off.
Visitor Mapwanya, last year’s national team captain, is in third place after accumulating 280 points and the Renco Mine-based top amateur is looking good.
Hillside’s Robson Chinhoi is in fourth place as they prepare for another national tournament, the Julius Robinson Trophy next week.
Doctor Maphosa is in fifth place, Tafara Mpofu sits in sixth place with Jack Allard, Never Milazi, Mayford Sibanda and Stuart Krog completing the top ten.
The amateurs will return to the course at Wingate Park and Golf Club next week when they take part in the second tournament of the season — the Julius Robinson trophy.
Seven Zimbabwe professionals have entered the Tswane Open qualifiers at the Woodhill Country Club in South Africa on Tuesday.