Tri-Nations golf tourney tees off in Vic Falls

HARARE – Africa’s newest golf tournament, the inaugural Three-Nations Golf Challenge, tees off in Victoria Falls Wednesday morning.

Host Zimbabwe and continental rivals Namibia and Kenya will battle it out in the three-day competition at the Elephant Hills Hotel and Golf Resort at Zimbabwe’s premier holiday resort.

The Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association (ZJGA) was entrusted with the hosting of the first edition of the tournament, set to become a permanent feature on the African sporting calendar.

The tournament will be played on a rotational basis. East Africans Kenya are expected to host the second edition.

The ball was set in motion yesterday afternoon when the three countries participated in a flag-raising ceremony in the resort town to mark the beginning of the tournament.

Zimbabwe team manager Kyle Basson said the newly-established relationship with Kenya and Namibia is set to improve the level of the game in the region among junior golfers.

“This competition is open to junior players based locally in these three countries and is set to improve the level of the game by playing more competitive games amongst ourselves,” Basson told the Daily News yesterday.

The Zimbabwe team, captained by Mbongeni Maphosa, comprises of Travis Smith, Stuart Krog, Jack Allard, Kiren Vincent, Shahid Mahmed, as well as non-travelling reserve Rasheed Mohammed.

Prominent Zimbabwean golf development stalwart Roger Baylis is the coach.

“The morale is very good amongst the guys and we have a good chance of winning the first edition,” added Basson.

“My hope is that they enjoy the game of golf because we will be trying to teach them the character of the game. Sometimes it’s not always about winning or losing, but developing character.”

Squads

Zimbabwe: Mbongeni Maphosa (captain), Travis Smith, Stuart Krog, Jack Allard, Kiren Vincent, Shahid Mahmed (non-travelling reserve).

Roger Baylis (coach), Kyle Basson (manager).

Kenya: Daniel Nduva, Tahir Mohamed, Matthew Wahome, Kush Mediratta, Adel Balala, John Mburu, Taufiq Balala (manager), Charles Farrar (coach).

Namibia: Brendan Britten, Stefanus Bonifatius, Niel Theron, Gabriel Shikodi, Kasumo Paulino, Zillan du Pisani, Eddy Angula (manager and coach).

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