Golfers fight for place in Africom Open

HARARE - Most Zimbabwean golfers, save for veterans Tongoona Charamba and Tony Johnstone, will have to go through the gruelling qualifying rounds to make into the Africom Golf Open which tees off on January 27.

The battle for the right to play starts on Tuesday and ends on Wednesday this week.

A statement from the Zimbabwe Golfers Association says Scott Vincent will lead the local amateur onslaught again this year, with the other four entrants being Greg Bentley, Kyle Basson, Clive Nguru junior and Nabeel Umerji. Ray Badenhorst who made it into the main event field for the tournament is the reserve.

Big name players like defending champion Jbe Kruger, Darren Fichardt, James Kamate and Michael Bothma ,who spent most of the year playing on the European tour, are among the 104 automatic entrants alongside seasoned Zimbabwean golfers Charamba and Johnstone.

However, while a classy field is in the offing ZGA secretary, Joe Sithole, is confident that the group of amateurs will perform better than they did last year when only one made the cut.

“The guys we have selected definitely do well,” Sithole told Golfzone. “As long as they focus and the rains do not pound the course, I believe we can easily have two or three of our amateurs making the cut.’

The local pre-qualifier will be held concurrently with one for the Sunshine Tour players from which 10 golfers will qualify.

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