ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka Golf Club
PORTUGUESE Steven Ferreira yesterday fired an incredible 11 under par 62 to take an early lead at the ongoing Zambia Sugar Open Golf Championship.
Ferreira posted an incredible four birdies in front and five at the back to go top on the first day.
And Patrick Mwendapole was the best performing Zambian golfer with a fairly one par 72 score.
The 25-year-old Zimbabwean-born Portuguese sank birdies on holes one, four, five, six and seven in front and went on to get similar scores on holes nine, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.
“I wasn’t expecting to shoot that 11 under. I got several birdies and this is the first time I am leading on the Sunshine Tour. I tried to keep the mistakes off and got 11 under which is the best of my life so I am very happy,” he said.
Ferreira hopes to continue with his good performance until Sunday.
“I will be under a little bit of pressure but I will try to do my best to get the best scores….let’s not talk about winning the tournament. It’s too early but I love coming to Zambia, it’s beautiful,” he said.
South African Keenan Davidse finished second on a sunny day after posting an impressive eight under par 65.
Five South Africans were tied in the third position with seven under par 66.
These are Ulrich van den Berg, Hennie du Plessis, Rhys West, Jaco Mouton and Thriston Lawrence.
And Zambians struggled with Mwendapole finishing as the best performing local golfer.
The country’s biggest hope, Madalitso Muthiya, finished with a par while the worst performing Zambian player was professional golfer Godfrey Banda, who had an awful 15 over.
“I don’t even want to talk about making a cut because it’s like lowering my standards. My aim is to do well tomorrow [today] and win the tournament,” Muthiya said.