Mi­lazi new Hwange Open Golf cham­pion

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HARARE Coun­try Club am­a­teur golfer Never Mi­lazi is the 2016 Hwange Open Golf cham­pion after gross­ing 234 points in a tax­ing three rounds (54 holes) in the coal min­ing town at the weekend.

Mi­lazi, who is third on the Am­a­teurs Or­der of Merit rank­ings in Zimbabwe, at­trib­uted his vic­tory to ded­i­ca­tion on the greens.

“I am a pas­sion­ate golfer and train very hard to per­fect my game. My aim is to con­tinue work­ing hard so that I turn pro­fes­sional next year and be able to par­tic­i­pate in prestigious in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments around the world,” said Mi­lazi.

He walked away with a tro­phy, a four-plate gas stove and other prizes for win­ning the tour­na­ment. Reign­ing Ele­phant Hills cham­pion Josphat Phiri was sec­ond with 238 points and Lib­erty Gu­misa third with 234 points.

Lo­cal golfer Nor­man Ny­oni clinched the A Divi­sion with a score of 169 points, rel­e­gat­ing Ge­orge Phiri to sec­ond po­si­tion at 185 points, with Ed­win Moyo claim­ing third place with a gross score of 188 points.

Hwange ju­nior golfer Kudzanayi Zulu came first in the B Divi­sion with 185 points, while Vumi Moyo was sec­ond with a score of 188 points and Mata­bele­land Golf As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Vic­tor Suerga third with 191 points.

Hwange Golf Club pres­i­dent Thomas Makore was vic­to­ri­ous in the C Divi­sion with 196 points, while Lazarus Machi­wana beat God­frey Ny­oni to sec­ond place on count back after both golfers were tied on 198 points.

Gweru golfer Stella Feld­man was crowned the 2016 Hwange Open Ladies (Gold Divi­sion) cham­pion with a score of 177 points, rel­e­gat­ing Hwange ladies cap­tain Ma­tron Mguni to sec­ond place with 184 points.

Im­pres­sive 17-year-old ju­nior golfer Mphen­duko Sibanda claimed third spot with 194 points.

Prisca Chimukoko clinched the ladies’ Bronze Divi­sion with 204 points, with Vir­ginia Mab­hena com­ing sec­ond on 207 points and former cham­pion Col­leta Mhonda set­tling for third place with 208 points.

A cash prize of $2 000 for a hole in one on the fourth hole spon­sored by Care Insurance found no tak­ers. Up-and-com­ing lo­cal golfer Brighton Nekatambe came ag­o­nis­ingly close, his shot just inches from the hole.

Bu­l­awayo Golf Club’s Brian Gondo, a pro­fes­sional golfer from Hwange who graced the tour­na­ment, was im­pressed with the level of golf he wit­nessed.

“It is no se­cret that the Hwange course is tricky, but I am very im­pressed with the skills I wit­nessed over the two days. Most golfers that par­tic­i­pated here are surely on the right path to turn pro­fes­sional in the near fu­ture,” said Gondo, the 2012 Hwange Open tour­na­ment win­ner — @to­by­man­dox.

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