The three-day Seed Co Lilongwe Open Golf Tournament tees off today with a field of over 100 local and international golfers expected to pitch up, organisers have said.
To be played at Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC), the competition will be dissected into four segments; the professional, championship and A and B divisions.
The tournament starts off with a Pro-am competition, a curtain-raiser in which both professionals and amateurs will contest for honours.
The main tournament, to be played under medal format, will tee-off on Saturday through Sunday.
Speaking ahead of the tee off, Seed Co marketing manager Dennis Mdzalimbo said the tournament will mark the official sponsorship of LGC.
This year, Seed Co announced that it will be sponsoring the golf club maintenance as well as competitions at the facility.
“This sponsorship is the first of its kind to be done by Seed Co Malawi. It has been organised to mark the official sponsorship and to interact with corporate customers,” he said.
LGC golf captain Brigadier General Chikunkha Soko said they are expecting professional golfers from Zimbabwe to compete.
“We will have pros from Zimbabwe. The tournament will also attract golfers from all the clubs in Malawi. All in all, we expect a large field of golfers,” he said.
Local professional golfer Paul Chidale, who will face opposition from foreign golfers, was optimistic of winning the competition.
“Last year, it was the first time to play in an international tournament at home so the pressure to perform well was high. This is why I missed the title,” he said.