Zimbabwean golfer Visitor Maphwanya has won the 2022 SeedCo Malawi Open Golf Championship at Lilongwe Golf Club.
Maphwanya outclassed a field of 40 professional golfers, having finished the tournament with a gross score of 276 (-12) followed by 2021 champion Robson Chihnoi with 277 gross score (-11).
It was a tight race between the two Zimbabweans. For winning the tournament, Maphwanya pocketed K3.6 million courtesy of SeedCo Malawi whereas Chihnoi got K2 million.
Maphwanya, who showed great character throughout the competition, admitted that Chihnoi gave him a tough run for his money.
“It was not easy for me but I played some good rounds of golf. I want to thank SeedCo for organising a good tournament,” Maphwanya said.
Biggy Chibvuni from Ghana finished the tournament on position three after he tied with Malawian golfer Paul Chidale with 286 gross.
Both Chibvuni and Chidale pocketed K1.7 million. Chidale said it was a tough tournament.
“I tried my best but it was not my day. I am not disappointed and I will focus on upcoming tournaments,” Chidale said.
Sydney Wemba from Zambia came fifth with 288 gross score whereas Nyasha Muyambo (Zimbabwe) and Victor Kachepatsonga from Malawi tied on position six with 289 gross score.
Professional Golfers Association of Malawi (PGA) chairperson General Henry Odillo (retired) said the tournament was a success.
“We are happy with the level of competition in this year’s tournament. The winner deserved it. Our local golfers also performed well despite competing with the best golfers from other countries,” Odillo said.
SeedCo Malawi invested $15,000 (about K15 million) towards prizes for this year’s tournament. The company’s Commercial Director Gift Kawamba said they will come back bigger next year.
“We want to take the game of golf to the next level in Malawi. We will be back next year,” Kawamba said.
A total of 40 professional golfers from Malawi Zimbabwe, Ghana, Zambia and South Africa took part in the tournament.
Apart from the main sponsors SeedCo, the tournament was made possible with support from Standard Bank, NBS Bank, Blue Berry, Toyota, Nissan and First Capital Bank among others.