ZGA to host inaugural Golf Awards

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THE Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) will next month host its Inaugural Awards Banquet at Wingate Golf Club to recognise the achievements of various individuals and stakeholders in the sport.

Teeing off with Daniel Nhakaniso

Boniface Chigorimbo, the ZGA senior vice-president, said the awards, which had been provisionally set for February 1, would be preceded by a fundraising tournament on January 31 at the same venue.

“We have provisionally set February 1 as the date of the awards, but there is a strong chance the date could be moved if the organising committee, which we will announce asks for more time.

“However I can confirm that we are definitely hosting Zimbabwe Golf Awards for the first time and there will be held under the theme Celebrating Golf Excellence.

“We will also host a fundraising tournament a day before the awards. Proceeds from the awards dinner and the fundraising golf tournament will be channelled to Zimbabwe Golf Association Development Programmes and University of Zimbabwe Golf Scholarship Fund.

“The evening will be a celebration of the successes of the Zimbabwean golfing industry over the past years. It will also be a perfect platform to honour outstanding champions and contributors to the sport, promoting golf journalism, whilst encouraging professional practices in all sectors of the golf industry,” he said in a statement.

Chigorimbo said the Zimbabwe Golf Awards would bring the whole of Zimbabwe golf and other sporting disciplines together.

“A number of Zimbabwe’s biggest sporting names will be present to applaud the recipients, many of whom are volunteers, and who all support the basic objective to make the game of golf more accessible to children from all backgrounds and circumstances through junior golf programmes and ultimately the golf scholarship programme. Various prestigious golf awards will be presented in a ceremony which is set to become a fixture on the Zimbabwe golf’s diary,” he said.

ZGA’s move to host the awards ceremony come at a time when Zimbabwean golf is coming from a very successful year in 2013 as it strategically positioned itself ahead of the return of the sport to the Olympics in 2016.

Proposed Categories

Amateur Female Golfer of the Year
Amateur Male Golfer of the Year
Female Junior Golfer of the Year
Male Junior Golfer of the Year
Golf Development Program of the Year
Special Olympics Female Golfer of the Year
Special Olympics Male of the Year
Most Improved Female Golfer of the Year
Most Improved Male Golfer of the Year
Golf Achievement Awards
Life Time Golf Achievement Awards
Corporate Recognition Awards
Golf Reporter of the Year
Golf Publication of the Year