Zim to name golf team

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The Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) will use the Mashonaland South Amateur Trophy tournament to be played from March 17-18 as a selection platform for a team that will represent Zimbabwe at the Africa Zone VI Golf Championship in Malawi.

The Mashonaland South Amateur will be played over 72 holes at Kadoma and Cam & Motor golf clubs. ZGA president Martin Rateiwa told NewsDay Sport yesterday that they would be finalising the squad after next week’s tournament.

“Yes, we will be sending a team for the Zone VI Golf Championship in Malawi next month. We will soon be announcing the team of eight golfers to make up the travelling team and four non-travelling reserves. The selection will, however, be made after the Mashonaland South tournament and also based on the ZGA Order of Merit. We will be looking to do better in Malawi this year after we managed to finish third in Kenya in the same tournament last year,” said Rateiwa.

The Africa Zone VI Golf Championship which will take place at Lilongwe Golf Club in Malawi from April 17-19 attracts countries mainly from East and Southern Africa.

Some of the teams which are expected to compete include defending champions South Africa, hosts Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia and possibly Mauritius and Rwanda.

Zimbabwe finished third, behind eventual winners South Africa and runners-up Kenya, at last year’s tournament held at Nyali Golf Club in Mombasa, Kenya.

Last year Zimbabwe was represented by captain Dale Howie, Clive Nguru, Nyasha Muyambo, Dumisani Chitengwa, Greg Bentley, Narbil Umerji, Ray Badenhorst and Scott Vincent, who is now at Virginia Tech University in the USA on a golf scholarship.

The quartet of Nickson Masunga, Emmanuel Hungwe, Tonderai Magaso and Brent Goddard made up the non-travelling reserves.

On Tuesday, neighbours South Africa named a strong eight-member team comprising two debutants in Soweto’s Musi Nethunzwi and Gert Myburgh from Benoni.