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Zimbabwean conquers Warm Heart Tour

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Zimbabwean golfer Tranes Muradzikwa displayed a solid performance to win the Malawi Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Warm Heart Tour held at Lilongwe Golf Club from Thursday to Sunday.

Muradzikwa won against the odds as he did not have time to train on the course after arriving at night on the eve of the tournament.

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Muradzikwa outclassed some 60 professional golfers to collect a score of 288 in the four-day tournament.

Kenyan Dismasi Indiza came second with a total score of 291 followed by Zambian Sydney Wemba on 292.

Another Kenyan Greg Snow finished fourth after counting out Stephen Fereira with a score of 293.

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Fereira finished on position five just days after participating in the qualifiers of the Mauritius Open in South Africa.

Muradzikwa said hard work helped him to emerge victorious in the international event.

“I believe that hard work is the only way to success. I played on one of the best golf courses in Africa and enjoyed the experience,” Muradzikwa said.

For winning the tour, Muradzikwa received $7,500 (about K5.7 million) and a trophy.

But there was no place for Malawian golfers in the top 10 as the country’s top golfer, Paul Chidale, finished on position 16 with a score of 299 whereas Adam Sailesi came 18th. Another local golfer, Victor Kachepatsonga, finished on position 19.

Malawi PGA President, Patridge Shycal, said it was a successful maiden event.

“We had been looking forward to hosting the event for the past 60 years and we are pleased that we managed to host a successful tournament,” he said.

During the event, Shycal was nominated for the position of PGA Africa General Secretary.

The tournament attracted 60 golfers from Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, eSwatini, Botswana, Zambia and hosts Malawi.

Several local companies—including FDH Bank, Airtel, TNM, Umodzi Park and Toyota Malawi—sponsored the event.

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