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Gondo eyes strong season after injury

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BULAWAYO Golf Club professional golfer Brian Gondo is determined to do well on the Sunshine Tour this year as he makes his return from a career-threatening hand injury he suffered at the Africa Open in South Africa two years ago.

BY SUKOLUHLE MTHETHWA

Gondo was one of the rising stars on the Zambezi Tour circuit, winning four local tournaments in 2012 before a career threatening injury in February 2013 saw his fortunes taking a nose dive.

In an interview with our sister paper, Southern Eye Sport, Gondo said he had now fully recovered from the injury and was looking forward to a successful season.

“The hand injury affected me because I had to miss most tournaments. I had to see a psychologist because I was now beginning to doubt myself. I only played a few tournaments because I did not want to strain my hand,” he said.

“I have fully recovered now and I am hoping to go back to the way I was before the injury. I need to win a couple of tournaments this year.”

The 29 year-old rising star takes part in his first competitive tournament of the year when he tees off in the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open to be held at Royal Harare Golf Club from April 9-12.

Gondo, who captained the Zimbabwean team for World Amateur Team Championship hosted in Cape Town in 2006, said his preparations were going well.

“I am practising in preparation for the tournaments which are coming up. My first tournament is the Zimbabwe Open that will be played in April. Two weeks from there I will play in my first tournament outside the country this year, the Zambia Open. I have started preparing for those two competitions,” he said.

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