ZAMBIA’S sensational Madalisto Muthiya yesterday made a cut at the Zambia Sugar Open Golf tournament at Lusaka Golf Club.
Muthiya fired three-under-par 73 after 36 holes to beat the one-over- par and finish on 24th position ahead of today’s third round.
He started the first round on a fair note on Thursday finishing on 13th position on three-under-par after 18 holes.
However, Muthiya failed to improve his play in second round yesterday starting the frontline on a blister form scoring level par on eight holes and recorded a bogey on seventh hole.
He recorded a double bogey on the 14th hole before firing an eagle on the 17th hole.
Danyne Moore was the second Zambian golfer that made the cut at one-over-par 77 after two rounds.
Zambia’s Patrick Mwendapole, Aaron Simfukwe Junior and Shankar Natarajan missed the cut after firing two-over-par.
Meanwhile, Andrew Georgion of Cyprus leads the second round on 11-under-par 66 firing eight birdies and one bogey.
Trailing was South Africa’s CJ Du Plessis on nine-under-par 67. On joint third place was Ulrich Van den Berg of South Africa on eight-under-par 71, Jack Harrison from England who fired eight-under-par 70 while Jean Hugo did seven-under-par 70.
Meanwhile, Muthiya described yesterday’s round as a little disappointing as he dropped points in the last holes.
He said he did not face difficulties in the frontline having only recorded one bogey.
“Well, I am a little disappointed with today’s round. I started on a good note but just missed a few shots. I believe I fired well on the frontline,” he said.
He said he was still in contention for the R1.5 million top prize targeting today’s round to move up.
“I am still in contention for the top prize. I will catch up in tomorrow’s (today) round. I expect tough competition but still believe I can do it,” he said.
Muthiya said it was difficult for Zambian players to withstand the competition due to lack of exposure.
“Zambian players need more exposure to compete well in prestigious events like this one. They rarely have real competition before the Zambia Sugar Open,” he said.
Zambia has fielded in 30 golfers and only two made the cut.
The Zambia Sugar Open enters third round today with 63 golfers competing for the top prize.