The Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) president Martin Rateiwa says he is confident the country’s amateur golf team would do well at the Africa Zone VI Golf Championships which will take place at Lilongwe Golf Club in Malawi from April 17-19.
Rateiwa said they will be eyeing a second place finish, behind powerhouse South Africa.
Zimbabwe finished in third place behind eventual winners South Africa and runners-up Kenya during last year’s event in Mombasa, Kenya.
“At the moment we have named a 10-member provisional team which has very good players. I’m confident they will do well in Malawi. The boys have been working hard in preparation for this upcoming tournament and they are looking good. A second place finish will be a very good result as we would have improved from last year’s performance,” said Rateiwa.
ZGA announced a 10-member provisional team inclusive of non-travelling reserves based on the ZGA order of merit standings after the conclusion of the Mashonaland South Amateur championships held at the weekend.
The team includes the
recently crowned Mashonaland South Amateur champion Clive Nguru, Emmanuel Hungwe, Mike Madhodha, Brett Krog, Biggie Chibvuri, Barry Painting, Ben Follet-Smith, Tichaona Masunga, Brett Gordard, and Chris Manning.
Nguru is the only survivor from last year’s team while, Hungwe, Magaso and Goddard made up the non-travelling reserves.
Goddard, Follet-Smith and Madhodha have been in good form this season having won the Midlands Amateur Strokeplay, Julius Robinson Trophy and the Chapman Grand Slam respectively.
The Africa Zone VI Golf Championship attracts players mainly from East and Southern African countries.
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.