Jack Kutumane made serious inroads towards his ultimate goal of winning on the Sunshine Tour when he made his first cut, and he did it at the R1,5-million Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open.
ÂThis was my first time in Zimbabwe, and I will treasure the memory for a long time. ItÂs an honour and a priviledge to make the cut here. This is one of the major events in Africa,Â he said.
The Mowbray Golf Professional was positive about his first trip to the weekend and felt it was another step in the direction of Sunshine Tour success.
On Saturday he said: ÂI was thinking about golf, about my gameplan, but really I was just excited about it. You want to keep that momentum of making cuts instead of missing them. Eventually you make it into the top 30s, the top 20s, and the top 10s, until eventually I make my first win on the Sunshine Tour, which I still believe I can do.Â
Kutumane, who also plays on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour, turned professional in 2006. His success in Zimbabwe was the result of dedication to the game. He stands as a beacon for many of his counterparts, who compete week-by-week, looking to make their name. Many players rely on support from their home clubs and families, and Kutumane did not lose sight of the help he has received over the years.
ÂItÂs been some time,Â he said. ÂWith all the patience and hard work, perserverance has paid off. I have gained a lot from the support of my family – I couldnÂt do it without them. And from the members at Mowbray Golf Club, who support me on my golfing endeavours.Â
Golf is a calling, and the 28-year-old will take much with him as he heads for the Investec Royal Swazi Open this week. ÂThis is a really good door that IÂve opened,Â he said. ÂMy confidence is growing and this moves me closer to the big guns of the Sunshine Tour. IÂm looking forward now, I think IÂm right where IÂm supposed to be.Â