BUDDING Zimbabwean professional golfer, Promise Sombreiro claimed his maiden victory on the Zimbabwe Professional Golfers Association (ZPGA) circuit when he beat rising star Robson Chinhoi in a playoff to win the inaugural LiuGong Pro-Am Invitational at Chapman Golf Club.
Sombreiro, who turned professional two years ago after a successful amateur career, needed an eagle on the 18th hole for a round of four-under-par-68 to hold the clubhouse lead in the 18-hole tournament.
The inform Chinhoi, who has been in very good form on the African circuit, also fired a 68 to force a nail-biting playoff.
However, it was the 27-year-old Royal Harare Golf Club-based Sombreiro, who held his nerve remarkably to win after four extra holes for his maiden victory on the local circuit.
“It was quite a nerve-wrecking playoff; we had to go back to the tee four times to determine the winner and I was so happy that I managed to win against some like Robson Chinhoi because he is a very good player.
“The win has certainly boosted my confidence for the upcoming events because I feel I can win more,” said Sombreiro, who hopes to qualify for to play on the bigger circuits such as the Sunshine Tour, the DP World Tour and the LIV Golf Invitational Series.
The LiuGong Pro-Am was sponsored LiuGong Zimbabwe, the official dealer for LiuGong specializes in heavy construction equipment, spare parts, as well as maintenance and repair services in the country.
The event was also graced by company’s director Xuegong Zhuo and Jiaqi Li, the founding president of the Chinese Business Association in Zimbabwe.
Former ZPGA president Gary Thompson, who was behind the successful organisation of the event, described the inaugural edition of the LiuGong Pro-Am Invitational as a great success.
“The LiuGong Pro-Am Invitational was a great success led by some of the most exciting up and coming and the best of Zimbabwean professional players. Promise’ victory in a four-hole playoff was phenomenal and the sportsmanship showed by Robson Chinhoi was just amazing,” Thompson said.
“LiuGong is one of the biggest brands in its category of heavy earth moving machinery in the construction, mining, manufacturing industries and we are delighted that they joined us on a very as we put on a phenomenal and world class show,” he added.
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