The National Aids Council Pro-Am Golf Championship rolls off with heightened stakes at Royal Harare Golf Club.
The sponsors have increased the prize money to US$50 000 a figure which Dr Bernard Madzima, the NAC CEO, said was out of realization of the classy field that will compete in the three-day tourney.
Zimbabwe Professional Golfers Association secretary-general Simon Murungweni highlighted that the tournament did not take place last year due to Covid issues but the last winner in 2019 Robson Chinhoi was now competing on the East African circuit, and winning.
His predecessor Ben Follett-Smith was also now top-scoring on the South African tour.
More than 200 professional and amateur golfers will perform in this year’s competition which runs from 20 to 22 October.
All proceeds from the event is channeled towards cancer organisation Kidzcan.
The pro-am format at most professional golf events is a one-day affair, featuring one pro in a group with four amateurs. The format is typically a scramble or a shamble, with the amateurs’ handicaps counting toward the best-ball score. The pros play from their tees and the amateurs play from up tees to make it easier.
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