Half a million dollars for Zim Open

HARARE - At least 156 professionals will descend on Harare next month for the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open title, which has been bankrolled in excess of half a million dollars.

Zimbabwe’s premier golf event will run from April 7 to 13 at Royal Harare with a pre- qualifier and the traditional pro-am tournaments running from April 7 to 9 at Chapman Golf Club.

The 72 holes stroke play championship commences on April 10 with golfers from different tours around the world, as well as qualifying amateurs battling for a piece of the 1, 8 million Rand winners’ purse.

A number of companies from across the corporate divide have partnered Zimbabwe’s premier golf tournament.

Golden Pilsener, title sponsors for the third year running, will underwrite the cost of staging the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwean Open.

MBCA Bank have poured in $20 000 into the event while Premier Auto, through their Jaguar brand, come on board as the tournament’s official vehicle partner.

Premier Auto have added gloss to the tournament by supplying a Jaguar that will be up for grabs for any golfer who accomplishes a hole in one during the main championship.

Liquid Telecom comes on board as the tournament’s official communication partner whilst Zimplats and Tongaat Hulett will also back the tournament.

Zimbabwe Open Golf Committee chairman Livingstone Gwata was confident the upcoming Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open will be one to remember.

“We stage this national event to showcase golf being played at world class level in the sincere hope that this will inspire our up and coming young golfers to attain the highest level in the sport,” Gwata said.

“The Zimbabwe Golf Association has a mandate to develop golf at amateur level throughout the country and in this regard we do not miss any opportunity to ensure that some of the proceeds from our national event are channelled towards golf development through the Zimbabwe Golf Association.”

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