Malawi’s sole professional golfer Paul Chidale yesterday made the grade at the 2017 Zimbabwe Golf Open pre-qualifiers at the Royal Harare Golf Club.
The three-handicapped golfer, who is making his debut as a professional, grossed 72 to be among the eight out of 56 golfers to qualify for the actual tournament which tees off this morning.
“There were five of us who had the same score and after play-off, I emerged the winner. I am happy to have qualified for the main event,” said the 26-year-old golfer who is being sponsored by Lab Enterprise Limited.
Golf Union of Malawi (GUoM) vice-president Hudson Kantwanje said they were delighted at Chidale’s feat.
“It is not easy to qualify for the main event at such a big tournament and we are hoping that he will do well and raise the country’s flag high,” he said.
About 156 golfers are expected to compete in the main event which is part of the Sunshine Tour. The tournament is being sponsored by Old Mutual. n