south africas theunis spangenberg.jpgSouth Africa’s Theunis Spangenberg has scooped the Africom Zimbabwe Open Golf Tournament which came to an end at the Royal Harare Golf Club this afternoon.

Overnight leader, Theunis Spangenberg held his nerve to win the Africom Zimbabwe Open golf tournament 15 shots under to claim the first prize of almost $200 000 and a floating trophy.

The tournament was reduced to 54 holes from the traditional 72 holes due to the persistent rains during the first 2 days of the competition.

South Africans dominated the first 3 positions with Matthew Carvell and Dawie van der Walt.

Brazilian Adilson Da Silva finished tie fourth with defending champion, Jbe Kruger, Ben Mannix of England and SA Martin Maritz.

Spangenberg, who was last to tee off, started his day on 13 shots under to maintain his despite stiff competition from young Darryn Lloyd and veteran Dean Pappas, who all finished the day on 5 under and were joined by defending champion, Jbe Kruger one shot behind.

Spanngenberg, however, was full of praise for the way the tournament was organised and managed.

“The tournament was well organized ad I am very happy that I managed to scoop the first prize,” he said.

Chief sponsors, Africom Chief Executive Officer, Kwanayi Kashangura described the tournament as successful adding that it would be back bigger and better next year.

“We hope to build on this successful holding of the tournament and promise that it will be bigger next,” Kashangura said. 

Sunshine Tour Commissioner, Gareth Tindal said it was remarkable how the tour had been received by the people of Zimbabwe.

Despite the rains, which threatened to disrupt play on several occasions, it was 3 days of fantastic golf at the Royal Harare.

The best Zimbabwean on the day was Bruce MacDonald, who finished 5 under par and was tie with Ignatius Mketekete while Tongo Charamba was 4 under after a final round of par 72.

Veteran 64 year old Tony Johnstone, winner of the event in 1993 had a final round of 78 and ended up 2 over.