The Africom Zimbabwe Open tees off with a pre-qualifier at Wingate Park Golf Club today with 70 golfers having registered to participate at the event.
The pre-qualifier at Wingate is one of the traditional pro-am tournaments which will take place during the period culminating in the final professional tournament which rolls into life during the last four days of the week.
It will feature players from Kenya, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe who will each be hoping to fill the five available slots for the main tournament at Royal Harare between April 21 and 24.
One of the organisers of the event, Henry Manzungu said they had received an overwhelming response from golfers around the region and the world.
“The golfers will be hoping to fill the available five slots to qualify for the main event on April 21. There are 70 golfers who have confirmed their participation and it promises to be a wonderful event,” said Manzungu.
“The successful five will be hoping to rub shoulders with some of the big names that will take part in the main event,” he said.
Notable big names who are already in the final event are Tony Johnstone, John Cunliffe, Adilson Da Silva, Nick Henning, Jbe’ Kruger,the defending champion Darren Fichadt, Jean Hugo, Tich Moore, Des Teblanche and Jaco Van Zyl to name a few.
Manzungu said that there would be a huge representation for the main tourney which would give the competition an international appeal.
There is also a strong field of South African golfers with the likes of Thomas Aiken, Josh Cunliffe, James Kingston and Mark Murlessl being part of the contingent. So far, the English duo of Neil Cheetham and Christopher Corry are confirmed entries, as is Canada’s Benjamin Hatchwell.