THE 2012 edition of the Joshua Nkomo golf tournament will tee off at Bulawayo Country Club this morning.
By Our Sports Reporter
Winner of the Chaferfly Hwange Open Tournament last month, Brian Gondo, Phillip Tshuma and winner of the inaugural tournament in 2007, Ignatius Mketekete, are the professional golfers expected to take part in the competition with nine others.
The format of the competition is stroke play over two rounds, while the pro-am set for tomorrow, will be played using the four-ball alliance.
Speaking at a Press conference to launch the tournament, daughter of the late Vice-President Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, Thandi Nkomo-Ibrahim, said they appreciated the support they have been getting for the foundation.
“We still need more finance as we strive to raise more funds for our projects. We have projects like the ongoing museum at the late Vice-President’s home in Matsheumhlophe. There is still a lot of work to be done there even though people can still come and view it,” she said.
Chairman of the foundation, Mgcini Nkolomi, appealed to the corporate world to continue assisting the foundation.
“Our main objective is to perpetuate the ideas of ‘Father Zimbabwe’. We are inspired by the legacy he left behind especially for young people. We need to raise a lot of funds to fulfill needy areas and charity initiatives. We appeal to the corporate world to assist with prizes and donations to help us raise funds,” he said.
Zimbabwe Professional Golfers’ Association vice-president Tshuma said they were happy to be taking part in the competition.
“From a professional point of view, it is an honour to be invited to such a competition. In the few years that it has been running, it has been very successful. The top six order of merit will be there, so it will be the opportune time to market the competition,” he said.
Chairman of marketing and fundraising committee, Jabulani Nkomo, attended the function yesterday.
Various sponsors have come on board to sponsor this year’s competition.
The Joshua Nkomo National Foundation was founded in 1999 with the aim of perpetuating the legacy of the late Dr Joshua Nkomo. It is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation registered under the laws of Zimbabwe.