The country’s premier tour for local professional golfers, the Zimbabwe Tour, will be officially launched at Chapman Golf Club on Thursday, NewsDay Sport has learnt.
The Zambezi Tour has been set up to run all professional golf tournaments in Zimbabwe and is run by an independent board of trustees with an aim of expanding into the region.
In an interview yesterday the chairman of the management board Celestine Gadzikwa said: “Two tournaments which are part of the Zambezi Tour have already been hosted, but the official launch is on at Chapman on Thursday evening after the Open Classic which tees off on Wednesday morning.
“The official launch will be attended by all stakeholders in golf and representatives from the Sports and Recreation Committee, our sponsors and all professionals.”
Gadzikwa is the chairman of the board of trustees which has Willard Zireva as vice-chairman, Kevin Stead, Addington Chinake and Paulo Moyo, board members, Cedrick Jonker, operations manager and Michael Mahachi, the founding trustee and tournament director.
The tour takes over from the Zimbabwe Professional Golf Association (ZPGA) which has assumed a “professional golfer” developmental role while all its members become members of the Tour.
The Tour and the ZPGA are registered with the Zimbabwe Sports Commission.
The objectives of the tour are centered on the need to create opportunities for professional golfers currently not playing on the Sunshine Tour, to participate in regular tournaments and thus gain experience and improve their chances for competently participating on the Sunshine Tour and other tournaments.
All ZPGA members form the nucleus of the Zambezi Tour.
While the Zambezi Tour will be launched in Zimbabwe, it is hoped it will draw participation from the region with players from Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.