HARARE – Five local gofers have pulled out of the BMG Classic set to start tomorrow at the Glendower Golf Club in South Africa due to financial constraints.
Phillip Tshuma, Tongo Charamba, Mohammad Mandhu, Ignatius Mketekete and Akil Yousuf all pulled out of the Sunshine Tour-sanctioned even.
Yousuf said: “Financial constraints have forced us to pull out of the tournament because it was going to be hard to travel to South Africa. Everyone is struggling to raise money and it was proving too expensive for us to go there. We don’t have any sponsors to help us foot the bills.”
Golfers need to cutter for their own traveling, accommodation, meals and caddy fees when on tour.
Meanwhile, Ryan Cairns and Micky Hough will be the only Zimbabweans taking part in the event.
Hough, who is yet to earn his Sunshine Tour card, will have to play a pre-qualifying tournament starting today at Glendower.
The Zimbabwean will have to battle it out with 20 other golfers to win the right to play in the tournament proper starting tomorrow.
Hough has been drawn together with Ernest Moloi of Lesotho and South African Darrin Hedley for the pre-Q.
The trio are the last group and they will tee-off at 8am today.
Cairns, who won the Vodacom Origins – Simola back in May, will be looking forward to adding a second title on the Sunshine Tour this year.
The 28-year-old is exempted on the circuit and joins the rest of the field when the tournament proper tees off tomorrow at Glendower.
The golf club has also hosted the South African Open in 1987, 1993 and 1997. It hosted the BMG Classic for the first time in 2010 and will once again play host to it this week.
South African James Kamte is the BMG Classic defending champion after he won last year’s edition.
Kamte won the tile when he beat Dawie Van der Walt in a play-off round after the two had been tied on nine-under 207.
Meanwhile, the Golden Pilsner Zambezi Tour are expecting at least 35 professions to take part in this year’s edition of the Chaferfly Hwange Open this weekend.
“The preparations for the tournament are going on well. We have got a Pro-Am on Friday and the championship will played over 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday,” said Mike Mahachi, the Zambezi Tour tournament coordinator.
“We have got about 35 professionals and a total purse of $15 000 which the golfers will be fighting for.”
After the Hwange Open, the next tournament on the calendar is the Golden Pilsner Harare Open that has been slated for November 8.