HARARE – Tongoona Charamba says he never picks up his golf clubs without thinking he has a chance to win and the Hwange Golf Open that tees of today is no exception.
The seasoned golfer is part of 36 professionals who take to the greens for the last event on the Zambezi Tour this weekend.
The 31-year-old came into last year’s Hwange Open as defending champion but could only manage fifth place, six shots off the pace of eventual winner Brian Gondo.
Gondo finished first on a gross score of four-under par 140 over two rounds of the 36 holes stroke play.
But the two-time Sunshine Tour winner is confident of ending his local season on a high.
“I never pick it up without thinking I have a good chance to win,” Charamba told the Daily News yesterday.
“But every time we play they are about 50 of us who all have the ability to win it, so I know it won’t be easy. This is one tournament I always look forward to, I love the plains, I love the people.”
Charamba said this year he has not scaled the heights of previous years. He believes it has been a case of not having played many local tournaments this year.
“I’m not where I wanted to be when I set out at the beginning of the year. We haven’t played as much as we would have wanted,” he said.
“But my performance has not been as bad as the figures might suggest. I have had some pretty decent performances, I think my worst performance was last week (in the Golden Pilsner Harare Open) where I finished 10th.”
The annual event will start with the Pro-Ams today with the official championship starting on Friday running to Sunday in what promises to be an exciting four days of golf at the Colliery.
The professionals will play three rounds of 54 holes stroke play.
The tournament has a purse fund of $15 000.
The Hwange Golf Open had been expected to tee-off in October but failed to take place owing an industrial action at Hwange Colliery Company, the principal sponsors of the tournament.