Saurombe dreams big


GOLDEN Pilsener Harare Open Champion Robson Saurombe says he has not given up his dream of playing on the Sunshine Tour after capturing his first Zambezi Tour win of the season at Chapman Golf Club on Saturday.


Mohammad Mandhu
Mohammad Mandhu

The 30-year-old golfer clinched the Golden Pilsener Harare Open title, edging out Mohammad Mandhu in a sudden death play-off after both players had finished on two-under par in regulation play.

Saurombe, who walked away with $3 600, said he was hopeful the win — his first since last year’s Hwange Chaferfly Open — would propel him to greater heights.

“My biggest dream is to play on the Sunshine Tour, but the struggle has always been to get sponsorship,” he said.

“If I were to get one or two companies to back me to pursue that goal, it would be great.

“When I turned professional, it was always my goal to play on the international circuits. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to.

“However, I would want to thank Willard Zireva from OK Zimbabwe who has been assisting me.

“I would also like to thank Herbert Mashanyare for supporting me throughout the year and many others I cannot mention. I’ve got quite a number of people who have supported me including all my students that I teach.”

After playing in seven Sunshine Tour events in 2010, Saurombe’s exposure to southern Africa’s premier professional tour in recent years has been limited to co-sanctioned events like the Zimbabwe Open and the Zambia Open.

“I would really appreciate it if some companies could give me a full package where I would try to play in at least 10 or 15 tournaments,” said Saurombe, who turned professional in 2007, having won Zimbabwe player of the year award and order of merit honours in 2005 and 2006.

Meanwhile, Royal Harare Golf Club-based Mandhu got $2 600 for finishing in second position while Nickson Masunga, who finished third on one-under par 215 received $2 100.

Leopard Rock Golf Club-based Perkins Mutenda won the amateur division despite finishing in a tie with Renco Mine-based Visitor Mapwanya on four-over par 220 after the latter opted out of a playoff due to injury.

A strong field of 90 players, 56 of them professional golfers took part in the 54-hole tournament which was sponsored by Delta Beverages through their Golden Pilsener brand.