Hwange Open golf Tour­na­ment on

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THE 2016 edi­tion of the Hwange Open golf tour­na­ment is on this week­end at the Hwange Golf Club.

Hwange cap­tain Artwell Nde­bele said a max­i­mum field of 120 am­a­teur golfers was ex­pected to take part in the tour­na­ment, which will not fea­ture pro­fes­sion­als.

“This year we are not hav­ing pro­fes­sion­als. We ex­pect to have a max­i­mum play­ing field. Tem­per­a­tures have been high lately, but lots of work has been done on the greens and it is still on­go­ing as we strive to en­sure golfers en­joy the game,” said Nde­bele.

“I am also as­sur­ing ev­ery­one that con­tin­gency plans have been put in place to en­sure ad­e­quate wa­ter­ing holes on the course for the du­ra­tion given the im­mense heat, be­sides also hav­ing on site a fully equipped med­i­cal tent at hole num­ber 10 to deal with any emer­gen­cies,” he said.

He also high­lighted that the en­gage­ment with stake­hold­ers on spon­sor­ship was highly en­cour­ag­ing and this would com­ple­ment fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives cur­rently un­der­way.

“The en­gage­ment with old and new cor­po­rate stake­hold­ers is pleas­ing de­spite the pre­vail­ing eco­nomic challenges in the coun­try and their in­put will ably com­ple­ment what we get from fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives which are in full swing.

“The sac­ri­fice from spon­sors is huge hence we will ac­knowl­edge them in­di­vid­u­ally to ac­cord them some mileage for their ges­tures.”

From the Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion, a lot will be ex­pected from Chiredzi golfer Visi­tors Chap­wanya, although lots of com­pe­ti­tion will come from the likes of Gweru Golf Club golfers Lib­erty Gu­musa and Martin Masvimbo, Mayfred Sibanda (Bu­l­awayo), Josphat Phiri (Ele­phant Hills) and Zam­bian Jef­fer­son Phiri.

Same di­vi­sion lo­cal golfers like Vumbu Ncube, Chris­tian Lungu and Michael Phiri will hope to use the course knowl­edge to their full ad­van­tage.

The A Di­vi­sion will have Ed­win Moyo, Didy­mus Ngorora, Vic­tor Rak­abopa and Amos Lungu, among oth­ers.

The B Di­vi­sion will see Thomas Makore and Bon­gani Ndlovu, the Hwange Golf Club pres­i­dent and chair­man re­spec­tively tak­ing to the greens along­side Vumi Moyo, Zvi­tongeyi Chi­howa, Eric Moyo and Ntungamili Mat­shanga.

2015 Ladies’ Gold Di­vi­sion cham­pion Acy Zerf is ex­pected to de­fend her ti­tle, but should be wary of Stella Felds­man, Terry Tshamala, Mehluko Sibanda, Vi­ola Musengi and Ma­tron Mguni, while the Bronze Di­vi­sion will be a bat­tle be­tween Shelly Gwanonga, Prisca Chimukoko, Vir­ginia Mab­hena and Colleen Rak­abopa.

The 2015 Hwange Open was won by pro­fes­sional golfer and for­mer TV per­son­al­ity Gary Thomp­son, while Rob­son Chin­hoyi clinched the am­a­teurs’ cham­pi­onship di­vi­sion — @to­by­man­dox.

Stan­ley Mu­toya

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