ZIMBABWE professional golfers, who have been starved of competition on the local circuit, will resume their rivalry this weekend when they tee off in the Open Classic tournament slated for Wingate Golf Club on Friday.
The 36-hole event, which has a prize fund of $10 000, is being sponsored by the Zimbabwe Open Committee and is the third event on the local tour after the Pre-Open Classic, the Chairman’s Cup and the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open held at Royal Harare Golf Club in April.
Tendayi Gwatiringa, the Zambezi Tour’s marketing and communications director said all was set for the Open Classic and entries for the tournament had been closed.
“The Zambezi Tour resumes this coming weekend with the Open Classic scheduled to be played on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of June 2013 at Wingate Golf Club. Entries closed last Friday and the draw will be available on Thursday after closure of registration,” Gwatiringa said in a statement yesterday.
Ryan Cairns will enter the tournament hoping to consolidate his position at the top of the Zambezi Tour money list having earned
$8 367 from three outings.
Fellow local pros Robson Saurombe and Tongo Charamba are in second and third position having earned $2 080 and $1 967 respectively
Cairns, who is the country’s leading professional on the Sunshine Tour, is coming off a good outing in South Africa where he finished in a tie for seventh position at the inaugural Polokwane Classic at the weekend.
Cairns carded 69, 70 and 72 to finish on five-under par 211. The Polokwane Classic tournament was won by Zimbabwean-born Dean Burmester after his 12-under-par 204.