Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
GREG Bentley seized the lead on day one of the Golden Pilsener Harare Open at Chapman yesterday after a fine round of five-under-par 67.
The tournament has a purse of US$25 000. Titch Musemburi and Micky Hough are tied in second place after the duo returned four-under-par 68 scores, just a stroke adrift of the leader.
Ignatius Mketekete is in fourth place after completing his opening round on two under-par 70.
Mteketeke shot eight birdies along the way and, given that he has always been aggressive in the later rounds, he is in a very good position to strike and challenge for honours.
He is going to play alongside Robson Saurombe and Tranos Muradzikwa in what promises to be a competitive affair.
Saurombe, Muradzikwa and defending champion Day Muyambo are tied in fifth position after they all finished on one-under-par 71.
There was encouragement for Julius Kamalizeni, Simon Katembenuka; Nyasha Muyambo and Scott Ferguson who finished on level par 70.
With the event going on until tomorrow, the last group will see Bentley, Hough and Musemburi teeing off last while the second last ball will be a father and son affair as the Muyambos will square off in the same ball.
Zambian Muthiya Madalitso could not make it for the event as he missed his flight from South Africa while Ryan Cairns, who currently leads the Zambezi Tour Order of Merit Standings, misses this year’s Harare Open as he is playing at the South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club.
Cairns had a bad day in the office yesterday when he finished a distant four-over-par after the first round yesterday.
He has a big challenge today to push himself into contention.
Zambezi Tour director, Michael Mahachi, said the first round went on well and the level of competition was very high.
“The event was so competitive and we are happy that it went on well as the weather gave us time to finish. We now look forward to the second round,” said Mahachi.
With grey skies enveloping the Harare skyline last night, there is every chance that there could be weather disruptions at the Harare Open.