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Zim Open gathers momentum


A total of 80 local and foreign golfers will battle it out for eight slots in the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open main field when they converge for the tournament’s pre-qualifying round at Chapman Golf Club on Sunday.

Report by Sport Reporter

The field for the 18-hole qualifier is dominated by Zimbabwean professional and amateur golfers who failed to qualifying for the Zambezi Tour and Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) Order of Merit Standings.

Entries for the pre-qualifiers closed last Friday.

Tendayi Gwatiringa, the Zimbabwe Open Golf committee marketing and communications director, said preparations for both the pre-qualifier and the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open championship were now at an advanced stage.

Only the 20 leading professional golfers on the Zambezi Tour Order of Merit Standings and the top five amateurs on the ZGA standings automatically qualified for the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open leaving the rest to battle through the qualifier.

The field for the pre-qualifier is dominated by Zimbabwean professionals and amateurs and also features seven players from South Africa while Zambia, Kenya, South Korea and Portugal will field a single player each.

Some of the top names on the local circuit who will have to sneak through the pre-qualifier include Darren Bismark, Peter Banda and Kayyman Mandhu, amateurs Grant and Bradley Hudson, only to mention a few.

A total of 133 golfers — including 20 Zimbabweans — have entered the prestigious tournament set for Royal Harare Golf Club from April 18-21.

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