By SHAMAOMA MUSONDA -
ZAMBIA’S sensational golfer Aaron Simfukwe Junior fluffed his lines on his first outing to West-Africa as a professional golfer where he finished 15 shots off the winner at the Nigeria Masters in Abuja.
Going into the tournament on high after winning the Professional Golfers Association of Zambia (PGAZ) tournament in Kitwe by 10 strokes, Simfukwe found the new environment rough and got off to a poor start which he failed to recover from.
The title was won by Ghanaian Vincent Torgah with a four-over-par 220 with Simfukwe finishing with a poor 19-over-par 235 and in 16th position overall.
Simfukwe opened his account with a devastating round where he shot 10-over-par 82 before he steadied his game and improved his scores on the following two days.
On Day-Two, he brought home seven-over and then a two over on the last day to end a disappointing outing but took positives that it was bad start that ultimately undid his quest.
Oddly, another newly turned professional Sydney Wemba played a better at the same tournament where he finished in 11th. Wemba finished with a three-round total of 13-over-par 229 and also suffered the effects of a poor start.
On Day-One, Wemba had a six-over-par 78, a score he repeated on the second day and scored much improved one-over 73 on the last day to take 11th place and look to an exciting professional career.