Chinhoi secures back-to-back titles in DRC with Lubumbashi Open win

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Robson Chinhoi

Zimbabwean golfer Robson Chinhoi completed back-to-back wins in the Democratic Republic of Congo after clinching the Lubumbashi Open Championship at Lubumbashi Golf Club on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Mutare-born golfer carded rounds of 71, 67 and 74 for a 54-hole total of seven-under-par-212.

He secured a one-stroke victory in the tournament which was won by his compatriot and close friend Visitor Mapwanya last year.

It was Chinhoi’s second win in as many starts in the vast Central African nation after he won the Kinshasa Open last week.

“It’s always a very good feeling to be the Champion. I played very well during the tournament. I putted well and had decent rounds throughout the week,” he said.

The Lubumbashi Open attracted a big field of players of various nationalities and backgrounds, including Africa and Europe.

The three-day traditional tournament is one of the largest sporting events in the DRC.

After his successive wins in the DRC, Chinhoi will head to Zambia for the Chevron Golf Tour’s Ziwa Challenge to be played at Chainama Hills Golf Club in Lusaka from Thursday to Sunday.

The Zimbabwean star will then head to East Africa for the defence of his Uganda Open Championship starting on October 26.

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