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Hwange Open roars into life

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The long-awaited Hwange Chaferfly Golf Open tournament kicks off on Friday with 150 golfers expected to tee off at the Hwange Golf Club.

The Pro-Am tournament, where professionals will take to the field with amateurs, will tee off on Friday before the main tournament starts two days later for a lion’s share of the $12 000 prize money.

The tournament is bankrolled by Chaferfly Enterprises, mining equipment suppliers and providers of electroplating services.

A strong field is once again expected for this tournament which is the fourth event on the Golden Pilsner Zambezi Golf Tour.

Top local professional Tongo Charamba and the defending champion Ignatius Mketekete will lead a highly competitive cast of local professionals that will descend on the mining town.

The professionals’ tournament will be contested over 36 holes as per the norm.

Seasoned local professional Shane Pringle who won the Zimbabwe Open Classic recently will be favoured to come up tops again.

He will, however, face stiff competition from the duo of Ignatius Mketekete and in-form Phillip Tshuma, who will be playing on the course where he started his career before moving to Bulawayo.

Tshuma, in particular, has been knocking on the door for quite a while now and was recently pipped after a play-off by Pringle at the Open Classic.

Some of the other competitors to look out for include the winner of the NetOne series in Bulawayo, Robson Saurombe and Akil Yousuf.

It will also be interesting to see how the new generation of professional golfers such as Tich Musemburi, Mohammad Mandhu, Anyway Katembenuka, Laiford Yadyo, Brian Gondo and Trynos Muradzikwa, will fare in the tournament.

The event is also expected to attract players from neighbouring countries like Zambia with the likes of Jefferson Phiri and Amos Mbali are expected to feature.

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