Charamba seeks date with Zimbabwe destiny

His last win on the Sunshine Tour came back in 2008 when he won the Namibia PGA Championship, and Tongo Charamba has got himself into contention in the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open on reaching halfway in six-under-par 138.


He trails the leaders by two ahead of the cut, but the Chapman Golf Club player has got himself in a good position to challenge over the weekend and lift the trophy all Zimbabwean golfers dream of lifting.


Despite that – and the obvious home-town support he’s pulling on the fairways of Royal Harare Golf Club – he doesn’t feel any extra pressure heading into the weekend.


“I’ve been in this position before,” he said after his second round which included seven birdies, three bogeys and a triple-bogey seven on the ninth. “I’ve won twice on the Sunshine Tour, so I’m just taking each day as it comes. I understand I haven’t been in that position in a while now, but I’m actually enjoying it.”


He’s been in position, however, on the local Zambezi Tour, losing out recently to Ignatius Mketekete in local events. “But at the end of the day, with respect to my rivals, the competition is tougher and you know just about everyone in the field is good enough to win,” he said.


And being in contention has clearly lit his competitive fuse. “I love being there, actually,” he said. “I love going out and trying to make as many birdies as possible.”


In the back of his mind, there is the burning desire to win his national open championship. “It would be special,” he said with a deep sigh. “I remember growing up watching Nick Price doing it whilst I was still playing junior golf, and Mark McNulty… so it’s one thing that every Zimbabwean would want to see – one of us playing and winning it.


“Getting my name on the trophy next to names like that… I’m sure nothing can beat that,” he added.


Two more rounds await him and a chance for a date with destiny.


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