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Zimbabwean conquers Seed-Co Lilongwe Open

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Zimbabwean golfer Robson Chinhoi had all reasons to walk one shoulder high in the corridors of Lilongwe as he emerged champion of SeedCo Open at Lilongwe Golf Club.

During the four-day tournament which started on Thursday, the Zimbabwean finished with a gross score of 280.

On the first day, Chinhoi had 67 score before 69 on the second day. On the third day, he had a score of 72 before achieving the same on the last day.

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Chinhoi showed great character from the first day, having maintained top spot until the last day of the tournament.

The victory comes just one month after he won Safari Series Four held in Kenya.

In his victory speech, Chinhoi said it was not easy to win the tournament.

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“I played to beat the golf course. I studied the golf course very well and I played according to my plans,” the Zimbabwean said.

For winning the tournament, Chinhoi will pocket $2,500 (about K2 million).

Another Zimbabwean golfer Nyasha Muyambo finished on second position with a score of 287 whereas Zambian golfer Patrick Mwendepole came third with a score of 290.

Malawi’s highly rated golfer Paul Chidale, who won the tournament in 2020, came fourth with a score of 292.

Chidale started the tournament well with a score of 68 on the first day but he had a score of 76 on the second day. On the third day, he had a score of 72 before registering a 76 score on the last day.

But he conceded defeat.

“It is part of the game,” Chidale said.

Moton Kumbai from Zimbabwe and Mathew Mahome from Kenya tied on a score of 296.

Adam Sailesi from Malawi made the cut when he finished on position seven with a score of 298, just one above Tafara Mpofu from Zimbabwe, who finished on position eight.

Sydney Wemba from Zambia finished on position nine with a score of 300 whereas Tatenda Makunde from Zimbabwe was on position 10 with a score of 303.

Seed-Co Malawi organised the golf tournament which attracted 47 professional golfers.

In addition, the company also sponsored other categories including championship and junior category.

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