Golf : Where was it ? Part 28

HARARE - Mt Darwin is a place situated in Mashonaland Central Province and is approximately 171 km from Harare and 70 km from the provincial capital Bindura.

The only operating golf course in the province is Bindura Golf Club.

The other golf courses in the province where golf is currently not being played and the courses have been neglected are Glendale Country Club, Concession Country Club, Jumbo Country Club, Mwurwi Country Club, Centenary Country Club, Matepatepa Country Club, and Shamva.

 In December 2012 I visited all the above mentioned clubs with the exception of Matepatepa and Shamva.

The two are still to be visited. My small car was not able to get to Matepatepa as the road condition in the current state is not forgiving to that type of car.

A pick up would have been ideal. I ended that day’s tour at Mt Darwin ministry of Education Sport, Arts and culture district office.

I handed to the district a set of Taylormade junior clubs which is one of the sets which were sent to the Zimbabwe Golf Association by R & A for golf development. I had left one such set to Mazowe and Muzarabani District Education offices.

I promised to go back to these districts during the first quarter of 2013 to then introduce the sport.

This one-day workshop was a platform to introduce the sport to the district as promised.

33 participants came from 27 schools within the district. Most of them had no knowledge of the sport. Very few knew about it from watching it on television only.

The workshop started with an opening prayer. Then, the Provincial Education officer sport and recreation, Mr B.C. Mushore outlined the objectives of the sport and the ministry’s position regarding minority sports.

He emphasised the point that children in every part of the country should be given the opportunity to try all sports available from which they would then concentrate on the ones they are good at.

Mt Darwin becomes the second district in the province where such a workshop has been conducted.

The first one was held at Rushinga in Rushinga District in 2011.

The 33 participants and the schools they represented will stand in history as the pioneering schools within the district.

The proceedings took the form of theory first and then the practicals. I briefly went through the history of the sport and then covered the following: the types of grips (baseball, interlocking, and overlapping), stance, ball positioning, alignment, the golf swing –backswing and forward swing, and the basics of putting.

This was followed by practicals which then took the rest of the day.

It is important to emphasise that when introducing the sport I use improvised equipment like wooden golf clubs before I use the iron clubs.

This is well received by the people I will be introducing the sport to since in the theory part I will have told them that the first golf clubs were also wooden.

What I take to be important at the first stage is the awareness of the sport and then for beginners to know the basics which are not in any way interfered with when improvised equipment is used.

In my opinion, to be taught the basics which once mastered result in a good golf swing, can be done using wooden sticks.

The way the club is held, swung, the backswing and forward swing, and the resultant follow through can equally be demonstrated using any improvised equipment. To me I find that to be the core and should be the first thing to bring to the attention of the rural communities where the equipment as used today are not available.

They should not feel left out just because they do not have modern equipment.

This, to me should be the gateway to successful spread of the sport to all communities. Those with talent can be identified in this way and then further developed.

The day’s objective of introducing the sport to the district and demonstrating how the sport is played was fulfilled. The next major workshop which will be held in the next few months will be a full one week workshop. Funding permitting, at least one or two other professionals will be there to assist.

It will be open to school teachers and other members of the community.

In the evenings one hour will be set aside to those who would like to take the referees’ course.

There were many who indicated their willingness to know more about the rules of golf.

Listed below are the names of participants who attended and in brackets whether male (m) or female (f) and the school or station they represented.

Vhurumu Desire (m) St Johns, Mapani Farai (m) Nyamaswau Primary School, Charamba Enklebert (m)Tsengurwe Primary School, Fainos Marko (m) Chimumvurwi Secondary School, Kadohwata Peaceman (m) Mangare Primary School, Chinoona Onesmo (m) Mudzengerere Primary School, Malunga Fungai (f) Mudzengerere Primary School,  Zuze Z. Mudzengerere Primary School,  Jeketera Byron (m) Chiromo Primary School, Repo Moffat (m) Ruia Primary School, Maswiswi Gilbert (m) Mt Darwin Primary School, Mapfumo Kennedy (m) Dotito Primary School, Mukonza Pedzisayi (m) Chibana Primary School, Gama Rose (f) Chikwira Primary School, Tarera Constance (f) Mutwa Secondary School, Mutumbuki Euvencio (m) Kuhondo Secondary School, Mauto Wanzirai (f) Kuwani Primary School, Mukwari Patience (f) Tabex Primary School,  Mapfumo Francis (m) Tabex Primary School Primary School, Mubwanda Nyengeterai (f) Rukururwi Primary School, Madziwa Tendai (m) Katarira Primary School, Gutsa Alexander (m) Chatumbama Primary School, Zingoni Chamunorwa (m) Mutondwe Primary School, Garanounga Matthew (m) Mt Darwin Primary School, Mutyambizi Jabulani (m) Mt Darwin Primary School, Chafachaipa Garaziyo (m) Chomagora Primary School, Dhlakama T. (f) Tangenhamo Secondary School, Munhama  G. (f) Tangenhamo Secondary School, Muhamba O. (m) Date Secondary School, Lumhaswa Terence (m) Tangenhamo Primary School, Chimbera E. (M) Chiunye Primary School, Chaumba Humphrey (m) Kuhondo Secondary School, Jenami E. (m) Katarira Primary School, Mukwari  (f), Nzembe (m), Katsande A. (m) District Education Office, Momberere (m) Mt Darwin Primary School Head .

I appeal to those who are able to support, to do whatever they can in any form. These introductions of the sport through such workshops will be done throughout the country at least two workshops every month.

At the end of the year a competition of the best identified talented golfers from each province will be held.

*For any feedback/ comments and any assistance you may need, or be able to give in support of golf, please contact the writer, Tavenganiswa Mabikacheche at The Centre for Training and Research Services on email: thecentretraining@gmail.com  or mabika@iwayafrica.co.zw. mobile no. +263712200922 /+263772319612  

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