Preparations for this year’s edition of the Hwange/Chaferfly Golf Open tournament are on course with 150 golfers expected to tee off at the Hwange Golf Club from September 9-11.
The Pro-Am tournament, where professionals will take to the field with amateurs, will be held on September 9 with the main event being held the next two days.
The tournament is bankrolled by Chaferfly Enterprises, a leader in mining equipment supplies and providers of electroplating services.
Speaking to NewsDay Sports, the firm’s managing director Godfrey Nyakudya confirmed that plans were underway to make the event the biggest since it’s inception in 2009.
“Yes I can confirm that the tournament is on again this year and we as a company are planning to make it the biggest ever. We are expecting a huge field of even up to 150 players.
“Besides being Chaferfly’s part of its corporate social responsibility initiative of ploughing back to the community through sport, we feel the golf tournament also serves as a platform for different businesses to create better trade links which is very healthy for our fast-improving economy,” said Nyakudya.
“As a responsible corporate citizen I can just simply say we want to be part of the nation’s economic growth hence the sponsoring of this annual event,” he added.
The tournament not only attracts local golfers, but also players from regional countries like Zambia where the likes of Jefferson Phiri and Amos Mbali are expected to feature.
Last winner Ignatious Mketekete is again expected to play together with Tongo Charamba and Phillip Tshuma who came second and third respectively in last year’s edition.
Other professionals like the Zimbabwe professional golf association president Akil Yousuf, Brian Gondo and Simon Katembenuka are also expected to tee off at the 18 hole golf course.
From the Hwange Golf Course stable players who include captain Amos Lungu and Victor Suerga are expected to slug it out with professionals. Not to be outdone however the Colliery managing director Fred Moyo who is also taking part.
The Hwange golf club captain Amos Lungu also confirmed that preparations were on course and registrations are in progress.
“The preparations for the tournament are going on well and the registrations are on a first-come first-served basis and the course is being attended to and by the time the tournament starts the golfers won’t be disappointed,” said Lungu.