Morogoro — UPCOMING young golfer Geoffrey Leverian fired three over par 75 during the final round of the Cargo Stars Moro Open 2013 golf tournament to emerge winner of professional category at the Morogoro Gymkhana Club.
The 25-year-old Leverian from Dar es Salaam Gymkhana club had a five shots lead going into the final round of the 36 holes tournament. Leverian, the youngest ever professional golfer in the country, held his nerve to add to his collection of pro titles when he collected total three over 147 in the par 72 Morogoro course.
Leverian beat off strong opposition from Fadhil Nkya, who won second place with four shots on seven over 151. The 2011 Tanzania Sports Writers Association (TASWA) Award winner, Nkya started the day seven shots adrift of Leverian after his 79 on Saturday, but bounced back to return level par 72 to move second.
Yassin Salehe and Adam Mohamed were tied on third place after both posted 153 total. Salehe, who finished the first day in second place alongside senior pros, Salim Mwanyenza and his brother Hassan Mwanyeza, after they all returned 77, posted same score of 77, while Mohamed added 75 to his 79 on day one.
Hassan and Salum Dilunga both finished in fourth place when they collected 157, after respectively returning 80 and 78 in the final round. All was wrong to Senior Mwanyenza who terribly suffered a return of 83 to go out of the list of seven pros who cashed in money.
Bryceson Nyenza shot his best score of three one par 75 to move to 7th from 11th position he held after the day one action in which he had a terrible start following a 84 return. Other pro results, Rajab Iddi 164 (88, 76), Mbwana Juma 165 (83, 82), Daudi Helela 166 (84,82), Stanley Sanga 168 (85,83) and Rodrick John 171 (80,91).
The tournament missed service of one of the national top pro Hassan Kadio who was in Nairobi Kenya for Barclays Kenya Open that climaxed yesterday. Kadio, however, crashed out after the first two rounds of the tournament, which brought together over 150 top pros from around the world.
Organized by Tanzania Golf Union (TGU), Morogoro Gymkhana Club in collaboration with Cargo Stars LTD the tournament is meant to promote the game and exchange skills among local top golfers.