2020 Zimbabwe Open Golf Tourney postponed

By Zbc Reporter
The 2020 Zimbabwe Open Committee in consultation with regional stakeholders has postponed the 2020 Zimbabwe Open Golf Tournament to a date to be advised in the light of the Global health developments.
The decision will be kept under constant review against the background of increasing concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest development in South Africa and the region have left us and the sunshine tour with no viable option outside the postponement of the tournament.
‘We trust that all our stakeholders will unanimously appreciate that the postponement is in the interest of all the participants given the disruptions to travel, the screening, the quarantine at Ports of Entry and more importantly the safety and health of spectators, players and officials, said Livingstone Gwata, the Zimbabwe Open Committee chairman.

Livingstone T. Gwata Chairman of the Zimbabwe Open Committee

The Zimbabwe Open Golf tournament is the richest and highly anticipated golf tournament on the local golfing calendar. It is one of five most prestigious tournaments on the Sunshine Tour schedule. Last year the golf tournament was cancelled due to lack of clarity over official foreign currency exchange rate policy prior to the introduction of a formal inter-bank market in February.
Chairman of the Zimbabwe Open Organising committee Livingstone Gwata had earlier announced the 2020 Zimbabwe Open would take place at Royal Harare Golf Club over the period Monday 30 March with a pre-qualifier tournament at Royal through to Sunday 5 April when several ProAms will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday before the course set up begins.
The championship tournament proper would start on Thursday 2nd April and conclude on Sunday April 5, an adjustment to the proposed dates.
The championship tournament is Bankrolled by a number of local corporates led by Old Mutual, an integrated financial services provider, the Zimbabwe Open golf is normally held during the Easter Holidays period at the Royal Harare Golf Club course.
The previous tourney was sponsored to the tune of R2 million sponsorship package having been increased from R1,8 million with partners Old Mutual, like Sahwira Events Management, ZOL, Golden Pilsener and Tongaat Hullets, among several others participating.
Bryce Easton, who fired a bogey free nine under-par 63 for a tournament total of 16-under, is the defending champion of the prestigious tournament after winning the 2018 edition, becoming the ninth successive South African to win the country’s flagship golf tournament.
Easton walked away with R317 000.
A strong field of professional golfers from the European and Sunshine Tours including all past winners from South Africa, were expected to compete on the local golfing scene as usual.
Expectations are once high for local professionals following an unimpressive shows since the return of the tournament from a 10 year hiatus.
Zimbabwean professionals young Ben Follet-Smith, Scott Vincent, Ryan Cairns, Mark Williams,Stephen Ferreira, Robson Chinhoi, Marc Cayeux, Thompson, Trainos Muradzikwa,Tongo Charamba will be eyeing a top notch chance yet again this year.
Hosting Zimbabwe Open always provides a platform for marketing and promoting Zimbabwe’s reputation as a tourist and business friendly destination and further encouraging travel to the region.