The 2017 edition of the Hwange open golf tournament has kicked off in the mining town with overwhelming participation from both professionals and amateurs.

The annual golf tournament attracted a total of 140 players, 100 of them amateurs.

The pro-am tournament, a game in which professionals clash with amateurs was held on Friday and outstanding players walked away with prizes.

The match was a precursor to the main event to be held this Sunday.

President of the Hwange Golf Club Engineer Thomas Makore promised fireworks on Sunday, which will be the final day of the tournament.

“The professionals will play for three days while the armatures will play for two days. So we are confident that the golfers will play well as you can see the standard of the golf course is very good and so is the weather,” he said.

Chairperson of the Hwange Gold Club, Ray Munangwa expressed satisfaction with the turnout, saying the tournament was already over-subscribed.

“We are very happy and in fact we were over-subscribed. We had to turn away most of the amateur golfers, unfortunately. As a starting point today, we are very happy that we had good scores with the highest winning six under,” said Munangwa.

The tournament was established in 1970 and is one of the flagship events on the golf calendar.

It is a community building initiative which also affords the local golfers an opportunity to link up with their counterparts from other parts of the country.