130 entries for Zim Golf Open

HARARE - At least 130 professional golfers from different tours around the world have so far entered for the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open, the country’s premier golf event.

The golfers as well as qualifying amateurs will be battling for a piece of the R1.8 million winners’ cheque. Since 2000, the event has been dominated by South African golfers and this year may not be an exception given the inactivity of the Zambezi Tour.

In truth, Zimbabwe will face a daunting task to eclipse their well-travelled opponents, when the tournament kicks off on April 9, at Royal Harare Golf Club.

A number of companies from across the corporate divide have partnered Zimbabwe’s premier golf tournament but it is not yet clear how much has been poured into the staging of the event.

Zimbabwe’s hopes will lie on the shoulders of Tongo Charamba, Mark Williams, Ryans Cairns and Robson Saurombe.

The country’s golfer of the moment, Brendon de Jonge who could have perhaps broken Zimbabwe’s duck at the event will not be travelling home to compete in the tournament due to a hectic schedule on the PGA tour.

More than that, de Jonge stands to win thousands of dollars on each of his PGA tour outings, way more than he could make even if he were to win the Zimbabwe Open.

Meanwhile, leading amateur golfers Tonderayi Masunga, Stuart Krog, Visitor Mapwanya and Doctor Maphosa received automatic entry into the Zimbabwe Open after excelling at the Masvingo Provincial Amateur Championship over the weekend.

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