THE Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) is bracing for a busy year in 2015 after releasing a bumper schedule which will see local golfers featuring in a number of regional and international tournaments.
The major highlight of the year will be the sixth edition of the revived Zimbabwe Open which returned to the local calender in 2010 having been off the radar for a decade.
According to the schedule released by the ZGA’s development officer Boniface Chigorimbo, the Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned Zimbabwe Open will be held during the week of April 6 to 12.
Zimbabwe’s flagship tournament draws golfers from around the world, but South Africans have dominated while the coveted title has remained elusive to local golfers.
For local amateurs, two regional tournaments are lined up starting with the Zone VI Golf Championships from April 12 to 18 in Uganda and the prestigious All-Africa Amateur Golf Team Championship to be held from September 25 to 30.
The hosts of the biannual All-Africa Amateur Golf Team Championship tournament are, however, yet to be confirmed.
The 2010 ZGA season will tee off with the Dugmore Trophy to be held in Bulawayo over the weekend of January 17 to 18 with the next big tournament being the Julius Robinson Trophy on the first weekend of February.
The Filande tournament which usually features provincial teams in a matchplay contest follows from February 20 to 22.
Local amateur golfers will take part in the Mawegu Amateur Championships from March 6 to 8 and the Masvingo Amateur Champs from March 20 to 22.
Other major tournaments on the calender include the annual club championships to be played at all golf clubs around the country from May 9 to 10.
One of the country’s biggest amateur tournaments, the Zimbabwe Amateur will run from August 7 to 10 at a venue to be confirmed.
While the ZGA men’s calendar is flooded with fixtures, the women’s calendar — details of which should be released soon — equally has a substantial number of fixtures which should keep the country’s woman golfers competitively occupied for the entire year.
Proposed 2015 zga calender
Jan 17-18: Dugmore Trophy Bulawayo golf club
Feb 7-8: Julius Robinson Trophy Wingate Park.
Feb 20-22: Filande Trophy TBA
March 6-8: Mawegu Amateur Champs TBA
March 20-22: Masvingo Amateur Champs TBA
April 6-12: Zimbabwe Open TBA
April 12-18: Zone VI Golf Champs Uganda
April 18: Independence golf day TBA
April 24-26: Mawegu Open TBA
May 1-3: Rowland Park Open Roland Park GC
May 9-10: Club Championships All Clubs
May 12-14: Manicaland Amateur TBA
May 22-24: Matabeleland Amateur TBA
June 20-21: Champion of Champions Warren Hills
June 26: Zim Golf awards Royal Harare Golf Club
July 3-5: Chapman Grand Slam Chapman Golf Club
July 4: Kavango Zambezi Golf Classic Elephant Hills
July 18: Joshua Nkomo Classic HARARE
July 24-26: Midlands Amateur TBA
July 31 Aug 2: Harare Amateur Harare
Aug 7-10: Zimbabwe Amateur TBA
Aug 14 to 16: Chirorodziva Golf Classic Chinhoyi
Aug 21-23: Bata Power Open Gweru GC
Aug 28 – 30: Elephant Hills Open Elephant Hills GC
Sep 4-6: Simon Muzenda Golf Champs Masvingo
Sept 12-13: Royal Vase & Bowl Royal Harare
Sept 18-20: Hillside Masters Hillside GC
Sept 26-27: Lowveld Pro-Am Hippo/Triangle
Sept 25-30: All Africa Amateur Champs TBA
Oct 1-4: Hwange Open Hwange GC
Oct 9-11: Troutbeck Open Troutbeck
Oct 16-18: Edward Makovah memorial Masvingo
Oct 23 – 25: Valentine Tournament Hillside
Oct 29 to 31: Oct Harare Open TBA
Nov 8: Leopard Rock Open Leopard Rock
Nov 13-15: Platinum Golf Classic Norton
Nov 20-21: UZ Alumni & Partners Harare
Nov 27-29: Nov Zim Matchplay top 64 TBA
Dec 4 -6: Players championship TBA
Dec 11-13: Dec National Handicap Matcplays TBA