Golfer Saurombe on cloud nine

HARARE - Robson Saurombe believes he is poised for greater heights after winning his first Zambezi Tour event by clinching the Hwange Open title at the Colliery on Sunday.

The Mutare raised golfer shot a final round 73 to fend off the challenge of Tongo Charamba and won the title with a gross score of seven-under 209.

Charamba’s sizzling 68 on the final day of the 54 hole tournament had threatened to send the contest into a play-off.

But the 39-year-old Saurombe who fired a 69 and fantastic 68 in round one and two respectively held his own to see himself home with a stroke lead over Charamba.

“I’m very happy with myself he (Charamba) gave me a good game,” the Chapman Golf Club-based professional told the Daily News.

“For me I didn’t look at who I was playing against because I believe I have the same ability as any of the professionals.

“In previous tournaments I have started off well but my last round has been letting me down.

“It was all about putting in the work and in the end that paid off for me. This was a tournament I really wanted to win.

“The last tournament I won was when I won the Leopard Rock Golf Classic a year and a half ago. It has been a long time.”

The victory saw the former ZPGA Lowveld Pro-Am Champion climb from fifth place to second on the Zambezi Tour Order of Merits.

Ryan Cairns is leading the Zambezi Tour money list.

Saurombe hopes winning the Hwange Open will propel him to greater heights.

“My target this year was just to win a tournament and I have basically achieved that,” he said.

“Now I just want play more and hopefully make it on the Sunshine Tour. At the moment funding is one of the main factors holding many golfers back.

“But I would like to thank my manager Willard Dzirewa who has been sponsoring me for the last seven years.”

For winning the Hwange Golf Open Saurombe pocketed $3 000 whilst second placed Charamba won $1 950 for his effort.

South African Irvin Mazibuko closed in on third place after starting off badly with a 76 before finding his feet in the second and final round with 72 and 68 to finish on par 216.

Mazibuko took home $1 500.

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