Zimbabwean Robson Chinhoi managed to live as advertised after clinching the 2022 Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Professional Open tiylet on Saturday at the Lake Victoria Serena Kigo.
Chinhoi scored a total of 277 gross in 72 holes (11-under par) to finish top of the leaderboard after day four.
Chinhoi who led from day one, all but sealed the title after putting on Hole 13 where he celebrated his triumph with the ‘I can’t hear you’ to a joyous gallery.
He had set an unprecedented total at that point and out of sight from a classy field that endured a grueling four-day action.
And when he putted on hole 18, he delivered a moment to remember for everyone at the course when he dived into the water.
“I started very well, but I am very happy with how I played this whole week and it’s good that I managed to come out on top,” said Chinhoi.
Chinhoi scored 69, 70, 66, 70, 72 in that order of days from Tuesday, added: “The opening round was a bit good, I gained more confidence from there on. Second and third I was a bit relaxed. Then the last one I played while having a good feeling that I am leading by a good margin.”
It’s the second title for Chinhoi who won his first in 2020 and the Zimbabwean targets a hat-trick next year.
He revealed on chances of winning the third next year: “I am heading there. If I just play everyday, I see it coming.”
Chinhoi finished third last year when Kenyan Jastas Madoya and Dismas Indiza won the title and runners up respectively.
But he managed to hold on for the top prize this time round, banking Sh21m courtesy of Tusker Malt Uganda.
Managing Director of Uganda Breweries Limited, Andrew Kilonzo, congratulated the various winners, and expressed the company’s commitment to continue celebrating life.
“At UBL where Tusker Malt is part, we are very proud of our brands, one of the agendas we have set is to build Uganda by setting up world class events like this. We have created a platform where we can invite golfers from across the world to come to Uganda Open and enjoy our fantastic hospitality and Tusker Malt Lager beer in a beautiful setting and such a calm environment,” he stated.
“Our commitment as a business is to celebrate life everyday. We want to create memorable events across the country and we want to continue being part of this event for years to come.”
Uganda’s Ronald Rugumayo tied for second place with Kenya’s Simon Ngige.