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CAYEUX HEADLINES STRONG FIELD FOR NAC TOURNY

SOUTH AFRICA-based Zimbabwean professional golfer, Marc Cayeux headlines a strong field of local professional golfers, who have confirmed their participation in the inaugural edition of National Aids Council (NAC)-sponsored Pro-Am Golf Tournament, scheduled for later this month. BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

Harare Hospital board chairman, Francis Ndowa, who was standing in for guest of honour, Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa, presents a cheque for the prize money to ZPGA president, Gary Thompson at the unveiling ceremony in Harare yesterday

Harare Hospital board chairman, Francis Ndowa, who was standing in for guest of honour, Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa, presents a cheque for the prize money to ZPGA president, Gary Thompson at the unveiling ceremony in Harare yesterday

The Zimbabwe Professional Golfers’ Association (ZPGA) event, which has been named the Revitalisation of HIV and Cancer Prevention Golf tournament, will be played at the picturesque Royal Harare Golf Club from August 31 to September 2.

The tournament was officially launched yesterday, with the sponsors unveiling the winner’s trophy and a lucrative prize fund of $34 000 – the second biggest purse – on the local professional golf circuit after the flagship Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open played in April.

Cayeux, a nine-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, was yesterday confirmed as one of the top players to grace the event during its launch at Royal Harare Golf Club yesterday.

ZPGA president, Gary Thompson said Cayeux had confirmed his availability, while other top local players, such as Ryan Cairns and Mark Williams would also grace the event.

“He (Cayeux) is scheduled for one more operation, but he said he’s coming, which is very amazing considering what he has been through since the accident.

“We also have a number of Zimbabweans playing on the Sunshine Tour coming, which is very exciting for us. Williams will probably be one of our big names, while Cairns has also confirmed, but Scott Vincent won’t be available, as he will be competing in Thailand at the same time.

“We have also invited Madalitso Muthiya from Zambia to show our commitment in developing golf on the continent, but he is yet to confirm,” Thompson said.

Cayeux completed his remarkable return to top level golf during the Zimbabwe Open four months ago, six years after he was involved in a horrific car accident that almost claimed his life.

The 38-year-old golfer suffered serious leg injuries that required 27 operations and hours of physical therapy when his vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a police truck in 2010, while he was travelling along the Masvingo-Chivhu road in 2010.

Cayeux will join a strong field, which will be dominated by locally-based professional golfers, who have in the past bemoaned lack of quality tournaments on the local circuit due to lack of funding.

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