23 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Chingono in First Win

LOICE Chingono lived up to expectations when she won the first event of the Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union calendar the Mashonaland Strokeplay at Ruwa Country Club at the weekend. The Wingate member beat the challenge of several other women golfers in the Championship Division in the two-day event.

Chingono managed to card 84 and 81 on her way to claim the win, a second straight victory, after she won the final event of last season -- the Manicaland Strokeplay.

Chingono was happy with her performance and said she will continue to work hard.

"I feel great to win the event and it comes with a lot of competition, which is healthy for us as players," Chingono said.

"The challenge was tricky, as it was the season-opener, and everyone was looking forward to it so I just went out and did what I could and it paid off.

"I kept my cool in the second round and it paid off. I was trailing by four shots going into the final round.

"The course played so well and it was competitive."

Batsirai Tilowakuti of Borrowdale Brooke finished second after a bad second round.

Tilowakuti, who was the defending champion, carded 80 and 87.

The former champion had a good four strokes cushion going into the final round but her lead was overhauled by the in-form Chingono.

Aulia Alfazema of Bulawayo settled for a third place, having led the eventual winner at one point by a stroke.

The event had three groups namely Championship, A, B, and C divisions.

Audrey Kamalizeni of Wingate won in the A Division while Chitakatira won the B Division and Stella Dhlakama of Police won the C Division.

More than 40 players took part.

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