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Chitengwa working hard ahead of Zim Open


ZIMBABWEAN professional golfer Farayi Chitengwa, who claimed his first title on the Zambezi Tour last year, is in confident mood ahead of next month’s Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open set for April 9-12 at Royal Harare Golf Club.


Chitengwa said he has been working very hard on his game since claiming his breakthrough win in the $10 000 Open Classic at Chapman Golf Club towards the end of last year.

“I’m confident heading into this year’s Zimbabwe Open especially after winning my first title last year. I have been working very hard on my game and have been shooting red numbers,” the Wingate Golf Club-based pro told NewsDay Sport in an interview.

“It’s just unfortunate I haven’t had the chance to go out and play a few tournaments in South Africa because of lack of sponsorship, but I’m looking forward to maintaining that form this year’s Zimbabwe Open,” he said.

The former golf director at the Tanzania Golf Union said although lack of sponsorship had prevented him from venturing on the Sunshine Tour this had not deterred his work ethic.

“It’s obviously difficult to be a professional in Zimbabwe because of lack of sponsorship and playing opportunities but you just have to keep working hard and hope that one day you will strike golf. If you don’t work hard you you’re not going to go anywhere so I have not stopped working on my game, he said.

The former top junior golfer also spoke of his late brother Lewis’ induction into the Mercedes-Benz Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame, joining compatriots Nick Price, Tony Johnstone and Mark McNulty.

“It’s obviously something that is rare to come by considering the background we came from. It’s really a huge honour for him to get such an accolade and we are really happy,” he said of his brother who passed away 13 years ago whilst playing in the Canadian Tour.

A Lewis Chitengwa Fundraising golf tournament will be held at Chapman Golf Club on April 19 to enable members of his family to attend the Mercedes-Benz Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Gala Banquet in Cape Town on June 2.

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