ZAMBIA’S Madalitso Muthiya is the only confirmed local golfer to have made a cut going into the final two rounds of the Mopani/Redpath Open.
Muthiya, despite dropping a shot in the first nine holes, recovered to score one-under, making it three-under 141 overall while the rest of the Zambian field struggled to make a cut with only amateur Gabriel Chibale keeping his fingers crossed to make the cut which was provisionally projected at four-over.
“I played really bad today, I made a lot mistakes but I am happy to make the cut. But making a cut is not my benchmark, but I hope to play better in the final two days,” said Muthiya who was the only Zambian to make the cut at the Zambia Sugar Open two months ago.
Chibale stumbled after making a promising start in round one when he finished at 4-Over.
This is after he posted an impressive 1-Under yesterday and kept his fingers crossed on making the projected cut. But Dayne Moore carded his worst score to date as a professional at the Zambia Open with 15-Over. And Patrick Mwendapole, who had a bad first round of 7-Over, had improved by one shot after three holes.
Muthiya who had recovered from his early dropped shots to card one-under and three-under to be in comfortable position to make the cut. The rest of the Zambian players led by Moore just anchored the leader board with forgettable scores.
South Africa’s Riekus Nortjie was leading with an overall 12-over, having played 15 holes and was followed by compatriot Alex Haindl with 10-under and first day leader Okie Strydom dropping into third position nine-under.