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Golf tourney tees off

The Mashwede 36-hole tournament, which has a prize fund of US$10 000, was supposed to take place last month before it was postponed as some parts of the golf course were waterlogged due to wet weather.

Falcon Golf Club captain Langton Chiwota said after last month’s false start, the tournament was starting tomorrow as the course was now in good condition.

“I’m happy to inform you that the Mashwede Diesel Open is now certainly starting tomorrow at Falcon Golf Club. We have done our level best so that the course is in its best playable condition. The Zambezi Tour gave us the responsibility of amateurs as they take care of the professionals,” said Chiwota.

The 36-hole event starts with the pro-am tomorrow morning before the professionals complete the second round on Saturday.

The Golden Pilsner Zambezi Tour tournament co-ordinator and founding trustee, Mike Mahachi, told IndependentSport yesterday the tournament had attracted a large field of both professionals and amateurs.

“The tournament has so far attracted 50 professionals and the amateurs preparing for the Zone VI Golf Championships which take place in Malawi in two weeks’ time.

“The tourney will be played over 36 holes with the first round on Friday with the first tee off time at 07:00hrs and the second and final round on Saturday. The local top players Ignatius Mketekete, Tongo Charamba and Ryan Cairns are in the field,” said Mahachi.

Mketekete will be the man most local pros would want to beat following his impressive run last season which saw him comfortably top the money-list.

He will however face some stiff competition from South Africa-based Ryan Cairns, who will be competing on home soil for the first time since his two-shot victory in the Sunshine Big Easy Tour at Observatory Golf Club in Johannesburg last week.

Other seasoned campaigners like Tongo Charamba, who had a poor season last year by his standards, Philip Tshuma and Robson Saurombe would also want to do better this season.

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