NO JOY FOR ZIM GOLFERS BUT THERE IS HOPE

Eddie Chikamhi Senior Sports Reporter

SOUTH African golfers continued to dominate the field after Michael Hollick romped to victory in the 2024 FBC Zimbabwe Open Golf championship at Royal Harare yesterday.

Hollick finished with a 20-under-par 268 after an epic final day duel against countryman Darren Fichardt, who pushed him to the limit with his 18-under-par score.

Zimbabwean Scott Vincent finished in third place with a respectable 14-under after a good challenge on the final two days.

His brother Kieran Vincent also put up a commendable show, tied for fourth place with Swedish golfer Frederick From.

Another Zimbabwean Ben Follett-Smith was sixth on 11-under while top Zimbabwean junior Matthew Bramford, was the top amateur after finishing for 38th place, with a course par score of 288

Zimbabwean stars have been trying, and faiing, to win the tournament since 2000.

Mark McNulty, who win the tournament three times, was the last Zimbabwean to be crowned champion golfer in 2000.

He had also won in ‘92 and ‘96.

Nick Price won the tournament three times in the 1990s with success stories in 1995, 1997 and 1998. Tony Johnstone won the Zimbabwe Open in 1993.

The failure by the local golfers meant there was no fairytale for the home fans.

They were hoping one of the local contingent of golfers would win to provide a fitting celebration for the 40th anniversary of the year when one of them, the legendary Anderson Rusike, won this tourney, as an amateur, in 1984.

However, the emergence of the Vincent brothers offers hope for a home winner soon.

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