Cyclone Idai survivor Chidambazina clinches maiden amateur golf championship


Golf prodigy Vincent Chidambazina, who experienced and survived the Cyclone Idai disaster five years ago, celebrated the biggest win of his fledgling career after winning the Matabeleland Amateur Golf Tournament w at Harry Allen Golf Club in Bulawayo over the weekend.

The 17-year-old rising star, who hails from Chimanimani, carded scores of 71, 67 and 70 for an impressive 54-hole total of eight-under-par to win his maiden amateur championship by a massive nine strokes.

He finished well ahead of Tanaka Mpofu who carded 70 71 and 76.

Bulawayo golfer Leon Mushonga finished the tournament in third place three shots behind Mpofu after grossing 220 while Daniel Chikanyambidze was a distant fourth on 229.

Kelvin Muchenje failed to replicate the form which saw him win the Munhumutapa Strokeplay in Norton the previous week as he settled for seventh after rounds of 74 81 and 84.

The Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) celebrated Chidambazina’s success on their social media platforms.

“Congratulations to 17 year old Vincent Chidambazina for winning the Matabeleland Amateur Golf Tournament held at Harry Allen Golf Club in Bulawayo with an overall score of -8 under par. This is an impressive score by any standards. Well done Vincent for representing Chimanimani. That was solid golf, keep punching above your weight; the sky is not even a limiting factor,” ZGA said.

But it is the story of Chidambazina who hails from Chimanimani which is still suffering the effects of a deadly storm which claimed 340 lives, while many others went missing and remain unaccounted for back in March 2019.

Chidamabazina was only 12 years old then and had already decided to pursue a golf career at the nine-hole golf course which was also not spared by Cyclone Idai.

The teenager has managed to overcome adversity to become one of the best young golfers in the country.

In December, Chidambazina took part in the WAZIGA Charity Golf tournament, which was staged at Borrowdale Brooke, Chapman and Royal Harare Golf Clubs.

Moved by his story, the WAZIGA leadership gave him a bag full of the latest golf clubs and they also pledged to assist the fledgling golfer with accommodation and other requirements for him to stay in Harare and focus on his game.

The big dream for the young golfer is to earn a  scholarship to study and play golf in the US before playing professional level on stages such as the Sunshine Tour and the PGA Tour.



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