26th April 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Rookie Manchest quietly confident in Kitwe
Franklin Manchest is teeing off on Thursday in his second tournament on the Sunshine Tour as a professional feeling he is ready to make his mark among the big boys at the Mopani Redpath Zambia Open.
Manchest, 19, came through Qualifying School and his confidence is backed up because he made his first cut in his first tournament last week at the Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open where he finished in a share of 58th with Bennie van der Merwe and Duane Keun. He signed for rounds of 72, 71, 71 and 77.
“It definitely gives me a lot of confidence going into this week,” he said of his finish last week. “All I am doing is staying patient. I am keeping my confidence levels at the point where I don’t get cocky about it. I am just confident enough to show the guys that I am here to compete,”
The George Golf Club player spoke of his experience of playing on the weekend in a professional event. “I was surely a bit nervous playing on the weekend, but as you say, it is my first year on tour. So, it is still a learning curve,” he said.
Manchest is no stranger to Nkana Golf Club as he played numerous tournaments here as an amateur. “I played well here last year. I had a few good rounds. But still, I am going to stay patient and put my head in the game,” he said.
He feels his game is up there. “I am swinging the club well. My rhythm is good and I know everyone is going to hit a few missed shots, but still we are going to limit our mistakes and try to make the best of every situation we find ourselves in.”
He has already set targets for his rookie season “I have got few targets for myself. I would like to win, but I will take few top-10s. I just want to put myself out there and limit pressure on myself going further into the year,” he said.
He was part of the national squad in 2017 which represented South Africa’s Presidents Team at the Africa Zone 6 Golf Tournament.