THE Zimbabwe Professional Golfers Association (ZPGA) will select the top five golfers on the final Order of Merit list to play on the South African Sunshine Professional Cir
Tongoona Charamba, who finished the ZPGA season on top of the Order of Merit, already plays in the South African Professional Golfers Association (SPGA) tournaments.
Other golfers in the ZPGA top five are second placed Ignatius Nketaketa, the winner of the season’s closing First Mutual Classic tournament a fortnight ago, Simon Katembenuka, Peter Banda and Day Muyambo.
If accepted, the local golfers will have to pay an associate member’s fee of between two and four thousand rands in order to be registered with the SPGA. Thereafter they will be able to play on the South African Sunshine Professional Circuit.
In addition to gaining more exposure on the international scene, registering with the SPGA ensures better monetary benefits because the sport enjoys more sponsorship on the other side of the Limpopo River.
Meanwhile, five Zimbabwean professionals have been invited to participate in the Namibian Open later this month. The golfers, Charamba, Shane Pringle, Simon Smart, Katembenuka and Mark Williams have been invited on the basis of their performances on the South African circuit where they rank as the top five among Zimbabweans playing in the SPGA tour.