golf-ball.jpgForeign players have started arriving in the country ahead of the biggest and richest golf tourney on the Zimbabwean calendar, the Zimbabwe Open with a total prize money of 1.2 million rand which tees off on Thursday until Sunday at the Royal Harare Golf Club in the capital.

The Zimbabwe Open begins with a two -day prequalifying (pre-q ) tourney on Monday.

The prequalifying tourney will be sponsored by Golden Pilsener, and two others by the National Blood Transfusion Services and National AIDS Council which will give players a chance to warm up and get the feel of the course while interacting with sponsors and corporate executives.

The pre-q also gives wildcard entries to a few locals and professionals.

ZBC News caught up with visiting SA player Paul de Beer who says he is happy to be back in Zimbabwe and is looking forward to another good tourney.

Zimbabwe Professional Golfers Association president Gary Thompson says he is optimistic about locals chances during the Zimbabwe Open tourney following Steven Ferreira’s 10 under par score that saw him clinch the inaugural Nsho Kamungeremu tourney.

No local golfer has won the tourney since its return in 2010 as part of the sunshine tour.

Anderson Rusike was the only amateur to win the tourney in 1986, while Nick Price, Marc McNulty and Tony Johnston are the only Zimbabwean past winners of the tourney.