Local golfers impress in FBC Zim Open

Scott Vincent, Ben Follett-Smith and Kieran Vincent all put on a good show in the FBC Zim Open at Royal Harare Golf Club

South African golfer Michael Hollick might have maintained his country’s stranglehold on the FBC Zim Open following his victory at Royal Harare Golf Club on Sunday, but local players showed that its only a matter of time before a Zimbabwean lifts the coveted trophy again.

A thrilling edition of the FBC Zimbabwe Open saw three local players Scott Vincent, Kieran Vincent and Ben Follet – Smith put up a spirited performance to finish in the top six.

The tournament was won by 37 – year –old Hollick who posted an overall 20 – under par score.

Michael Hollick

Scott Vincent was the highest ranked Zimbabwean after he finished six shots behind the winner in third place on 14 – under after carding 66, 73, 66 and 68 across the four days of the competition.

It was also a good tournament for his young brother Kieran Vincent who finished tied for fourth place on 12–under along with Swedish golfer Fredrick From.

Kieran carded 71, 67, 67 and 71 in four rounds and was one stroke ahead of compatriot Ben Follett – Smith who managed 70, 71, 65 and 71 to tie for sixth place with South African MJ Viljoen.

Crowd favourite Robson Chinhoi who showed a lot of promise early on in the tournament struggled on the final day recording a one–over par score in the final round to tie for 29th place on overall two – under while amateur golfer Matthew Bramford finished in a six-way tie for 38th on level par for the tournament.

Stuart Krog finished on two – over, Mohammad Mandhu a stroke behind him while Pride Sembo managed four – over and Biggie Chibvuri five – over to complete the list of Zimbabweans who made the cut.


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