In a groundbreaking development for professional golf in the country, the newly-formed Zambezi Tour announced a three year deal with Delta Beverages through their Pilsner brand at a colourful official launch ceremony at Chapman Golf Club on Thursday evening.
The tour will now be officially called the Golden Pilsner Zambezi Golf Tour while Delta will also sponsor the Tour’s flagship event, the Golden Pilsner Harare Open at Chapman in November.
Veteran golf administrator Celestine Gadzikwa, the chairman of the Golden Pilsner Zambezi Tour management board of trustees said: “To our members, who are the professionals, this is your tour. Its image and reputation and its future rests on your shoulders. If we work together well the tour will soon find its place among other major tours in the region and worldwide.”
Delta Beverages marketing director Maxwell Karombo said: “We have signed up to sponsor the Golden Pilsner Zambezi Tour for three years.
“Part of that sponsorship will go towards naming rights and funding the administration of the tour. Most importantly for us as Delta is that the tour will host premier event in Zimbabwe, the Golden Pilsner Harare Open.
In previous years local professional golfers used to run their own administration issues as well as tournaments through the Zimbabwe Professional Golf Association. The creation of Zambezi Tour board of trustees is set to ensure a cohesive and well-organised vehicle for professional golf in Zimbabwe.
The Golden Pilsner Zambezi Tour comprises an independent management board of trustees which has the mandate to organise and run and all professional tournaments in the country.
The board has Gadzikwa as the chairman, Willard Zireva as the vice-chairman, Kevin Stead, Addington Chinake and Paulo Moyo as board members. Cedrick Jonker is the operations manager and Michael Mahachi the founding trustee and tournament director. Top local professional Tongo Charamba is the players’ representative on the board.
During the launch, Gadzikwa announced partnerships with NetOne, Triangle Hippo Valley Estates, the Zimbabwe Open Committee, Premier Auto Services, The Joshua Nkomo Memorial Trust, Hwange Colliery, FBC Banking Cooperation and Chapman Golf Club, which the tour calls its home.