The long-awaited Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Malawi will start its operations today with a tour at Blantyre Sports Club ahead of the launch on Friday evening.
Information sourced from the internet says tours are the means by which otherwise unconnected professional golf tournaments are organised into a regular schedule.
There are separate tours for men and women with each tour being based in a specific geographical region although some tours may hold tournaments in other parts of the world.
In the first-ever local tour, eight golfers have confirmed their participation, having graduated from amateur golf.
The golfers are Paul Chidale, Victor Kachepatsonga, Kondwani Mphula, Adam Sailesi, Dingaan Chirwa and Partridge Shycal.
To qualify for the tour, one must have a handicap of below five whereas golfers above handicap six are eligible for amateurs’ competitions.
The tour will be played on three rounds’ format on 54 holes in which the golfers will be playing in the compacted 36 holes on the first day before playing 18 holes on the last day.
PGA Malawi Interim President, Shycal, said all was set for the tour and the launch in Blantyre.
“We have worked so hard to reach this level and we thank several companies and individuals for their support throughout the process,” he said.
According to Shycal, there will be a cocktail for business captains during the launch.
PGA Malawi is affiliated to European PGA.
The professional golfers will be able to take part in local and international competitions.
The golfers will also take golf as a career, having waited for so long at amateur level.
Chidale, who has participated in international competitions, said he was looking forward to competing against elite golfers.
“I think it would be a very tight competition, playing against the best golfers in Malawi. I have prepared well for the tournament and I will try my best to win it,” Chidale said.
PGA Malawi will be responsible for professional golfers whereas Golf Union of Malawi will be managing amateurs and junior golfers.
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