Pro Golf: Hendler edges out Chinhoi to claim biggest share of $50,000 prize pool

National AIDS Council (NAC) Pro Am 2022:

  • Winner: Ricky Hendler (South Africa) – 68, 67, 76 (211)
  • 2n/a: Robson Chinhoi (Zimbabwe) – 71, 72, 71 (214)
  • 3rd: Ignatius Mketekete (Zimbabwe) – 72, 73, 71 (216)

South African Ricky Hendler has won the National Aid Council (NAC) HIV and Cancer Prevention Campaign Pro Am 2022 title at the Royal Harare Golf Club in Zimbabwe.

Hendler, a member of Johannesburg’s Dainfern Country Club, hit 211 in 54 holes to edge Zimbabwe pro Robson Chinhoi by three strokes.

After a phenomenal 4 under par 68 in the first round, Hendler improved further to 5 under 67 in the next round.

For the final round, it was a stern test that faded to 4 on the par 76, as his closest challenger Chinhoi scored 1 under 71.

In the final standings, Hendler, a three-time Altron Big Easy Tour champion in South Africa, was three strokes ahead to claim the shield and the biggest share of the $50,000 prize pool.

In February 2022, Hendler hit a 9 Under 63 event to win the Bushveld Tour at his Dainfern Country Club.

Ricky Hendler (Photo by Tyrone Winfield/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images)
Robson Chinhoi was a finalist

Chinhoi, the professional winner of Uganda Golf Open 2020 scored 1 under 71, level 72 and 1 under 71 in the three respective rounds for a total of 214 gross.

Meanwhile, Bulawayo Golf Club-based pro Ignatius Mketekete also closed with a round of 71 under par for a level 216 total.

Mketekete scored level par 72, 1 over 73 and 1 under 71 for a total of 216 over 54 holes to finish third.

Ryan Calrns, a seasoned professional based in Royal Harare, finished fourth on the par 217.

Another Bulawayo-based professional, Brian Gondo, was dropped to fifth with 218.

Visitor Mapwanya (220), Bradley Kulasi (221), Zambian Sydney Wemba (222), Tatenda Makunde (222) and Nyasha Muyambo (222) completed the top ten.

Defending champion Ben Follet-Smith did not feature due to commitments on the Asian circuit.

No less than 60 golfers took part in this tournament sponsored by the NAC which aimed to raise funds to mobilize cancer drugs as well as diagnostic and treatment equipment.

Oxygen concentrators were part of the equipment mobilized.

This followed a successful 6e edition of the Zimbabwe Ladies Open Strokeplay competition, which was held recently and was also sponsored by the NAC.

The Zimbabwe Ladies Open aimed to promote the importance of cervical cancer screening.

Ranking at the NAC Pro AM

Michael C. Ford