Zander focused on Sun City

Investec Royal Swazi Open: Day 3Zander Lombard will tee up at the Sun City Challenge next week in the hopes of extending his lead in the Sunshine Tour’s Rookie of the Year race.

The 20-year-old finished third at the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School in January and one month later made his first golfing paycheque when he tied for 41st at the Dimension Data Pro-Am.

He missed cuts at the co-sanctioned events of the summer, but shrugged off the disappointment with an eighth-place finish at the Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open, where he shot a Friday 66.

Since then he’s teed up three time on the Sunshine Tour and made the cut every time, with his best result being a share of 23rd at the Invest Royal Swazi Open.

Regularly making the cut has paid dividends for the Pretoria local, who has amassed over R120,000 this season to lie 62nd on the Order of Merit.

He is more than  R60,000 clear in the Rookie of the Year Race, but needs to consolidate his lead nby performing at the upcoming winter events.

The first of those is the Sun City Challenge, which begins on Wednesday the fifth of August.

Lost City Golf Course suits long hitters and Lombard will need to use some of his young strength to get the ball out there. The winter break has just ended, and he’ll be keen to see if he can continue his run of four consecutive cuts made.

All-in-all it’s an important week for the promising youngster, who’ll be keen to pocket some more prizemoney.

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