Zimbabwe’s amateur golf team recovered from a difficult second round to produce their best team performance of the week in the third round of the All-Africa Golf Team Championship in Egypt to reclaim fifth position as leaders Morocco maintained their march towards a maiden victory.
Top junior golfer Keegan Shutt was yet again the star of the show after firing a four-under-par-68 at El Gouna Golf Club to move into fourth position on eight-under-par 208, just three shots shy of the lead.
Munashe Ndaruza also posted his best round of the week after carding a two-under-par 70 while Tanaka Chatora recovered from a difficult start in the tournament to post a two-over par 74.
Clive Muchenje returned a non-counting 83 as Zimbabwe returned a four-under-par 212.
Having dropped to seventh on Wednesday, Zimbabwe are back in fifth position on a three-round aggregate of 18-over-par-666, 47 shots behind leaders Morocco, who lead on 29-under-par-619 after a third-round score of 204 on Thursday.
South Africa, who have in the past dominated the continental championship look set to lose their grip on the trophy as they sit in second position on a score of 625.
Kenya are in third position on a three-round aggregate total of five-under-par-643, two shots ahead of fourth-placed Tunisia.
South Africa’s top-ranked player Jonathan Broomhead shot six under 66 to reclaim the lead on the individual players’ leaderboard on 11-under-par-205.
The Moroccans have been in top form with their leading players Fakori El Mehdi (-10) and Adam Bresnu (-9) in second and third positions respectively on the leaderboard.
The pair’s heroics mean Morocco enjoy a healthy six-shot lead in the team competition ahead of the final day.
If Morocco successfully finish the job tomorrow, they will be the first team to beat South Africa in the biennial team championship since 2009.
A total of 15 countries are participating in the championship which was launched in 2001. Each team is represented by four players with the best three scores counting towards the team total in each round.