Ben Folleth-Smith Continues With Impressive Run
BEN Follet-Smith continued with his impressive form at the ongoing National Aids Council pro-am golf day after he consolidated his lead to a further nine-point after yesterday’s second round.
The former United States based player has become an instant hit after turned professional some two weeks ago.
Follet-Smith is likely to make an impact on his debut tournament as a professional like what his former amateur rival Scott Vincent made when he graduated to the higher stage.
After carding an eight under 67 on Wednesday, the former Wingate based player followed it with a five-under 67 for a total 13-under after 36 holes.
The composed Follet-Smith a former Mississippi State University student said he is looking forward to Friday’s final round and will do his best to maintain the fine form.
“I think the lead is good and I will not look back going into the final round. I will remain focused and Royal as my home course I will do my best.
“The large difference between me and the second placed will not have any effect as with golf anything can happen so I will not relax so that I will not focus on how others will play but it will be against the course.
“I have always had good memories from this course as when I was still an amateur I remember carding a 12 under after the same number of rounds so I will take it from there.
The player said there is competition and he will be happy to win on his debut professional tournament on home soil.
Last year’s runner-up and Zimbabwe Professional Golfers Association president Garry Thompson is on second place after he returned with a level par 72 in the second round.
The 72 followed his opening round of 67 and is now on 139 after the two rounds.
Stephen Ferreira fresh from winning the Uganda Open is sitting on third place where he is tied with Trainos Muradzikwa at 140.
Ferreira had rounds of 70 and 70 whereas Muradzikwa had decent rounds of 67 and 73.
Bulawayo Golf Club’s Brian Gondo who spent the first round on second place after shooting a 66 returned with a three over 75 for a total 141 and will go into todays’ round on position five.
Two players were tied on position six and they are Simon Katembenuka and Zambian professional golfer Madalitso Muthiya who scored two-under 142 overall.
The event’s curtain will come down today with six women golfers joining the professionals.