Zim golfer makes history

Charamba set to become first black golfer on European Tour
HARARE - Zimbabwe's Tongoona Charamba has qualified for the second stage of the 2008 European Tour at Oxfordshire Golf Club in England.
The 25-year-old is on course to become the first black golfer on the European Tour

after he hit rounds of 67-67-63 to qualify for the second stage of the Q School, which will be held in Spain from 7-10 November.
The Q-School’s first stage was contested from 11-14 September. Among the 104 hopefuls at Oxfordshire, only 27 advanced to the Qualifying School’s second stage.
The 25-year old Zimbabwean pocketed £1,500. Charamba lead the way after a magnificent 63 on the Thursday that gave him a 54-hole total of 19 under par 197 with Welshman Alex Smith two shots behind.
Charamba is taking a second crack at the elite and lucrative European Tour, after failing to secure a card in the US PGA tour Q-School, in June last year, succumbing in the first stage.
Celestine Gadzikwa, the pro’s manager, told VOP that it seemed this year belonged to Charamba, as he is among the few who have qualified for the second stage of the Q School.
Three players from Africa took part, with Charamba being the sole qualifier.
“He is in good form. He told me (during the qualifier) that he was not playing to go to the Second Stage, but was playing to win,” Gadzikwa said.
Problems have dogged Charamba’s bid to make an impression at the Qualifying School, after he travelled to England without his caddy of three years, Nelson Gande. The caddy was denied a visa to enter Britain because his passport was said not to be in order.
Gadzikwa said they had managed to secure a caddy, Tawanda Paradza, in England who helped him. However Paradza will not be able to travel with Charamba to Spain, as his papers are also not in order.
Charamba, who turned pro in 2003, won several events in Zimbabwe.
In May 2006, the 2002 Zimbabwe Amateur Stroke and Matchplay champion claimed his maiden professional title at the 2006 SAA Pro-Am Invitational at Kempton Park and vaulted to a record-high 44th on the final 2006 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.

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