Zim out of Eisenhower, ZGA apologies

HARARE - Zimbabwe's amateur golf association says events that led to the country’s failure to enter a team for this year’s edition of the Eisenhower Trophy in Japan are “regretful” and a blow to the sport.

As a result, the Zimbabwe Golfers Association (ZGA) has apologised to the nation for the costly gaffe, which has now ruled Zimbabwe out of the biennial world amateur team golf championship for men organised by the International Golf Federation.

Acting ZGA president Tawenganiswa Mabikacheche yesterday said the association “missed the invitation from the IGF.”

“No one was aware of the deadline,” Mabikacheche told the Daily News yesterday.

“When we followed up we discovered that there was an admin problem with the invitation from the International Golfers Federation. It seems this end, for some reason, we didn’t see it. Maybe it was the email address used.”

Mabikacheche said ZGA’s efforts for a late entry were unsuccessful.

“We tried, they said it’s already full and over-subscribed. There was no way they could accommodate us at this late hour.

“It’s regretful; everybody was working on it, going around having tournaments for people to qualify. It’s a blow. We apologise to the players involved, the parents and the country as whole.”

Zimbabwe’s team for this year’s Eisenhower Trophy would have been Ray Badenhorst, Ben Follet-Smith and Tonderai Musunga.

More than 70 countries from around the world will travel to Japan this month to contest the Eisenhower Trophy.

The Eisenhower is a stroke play event, in which the best two scores from three players count toward the team's score for each round.

Zimbabwe had participated in every tournament since Rhodesia’s first entry back in 1964.

The tournament was named after General Dwight Eisenhower, who led the D-Day invasion of France again the Nazis in 1944. He was later elected US president.

The Eisenhower Trophy has been won by 10 different teams since the event began in 1958 at the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland.

The United States is the most successful country in Eisenhower history, with 14 wins. Great Britain and Ireland, who last combined as a team in 2000, have four wins and Australia have three titles.

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GALLERYCARTIDGES - 2 September 2014

This is really terrible news and very disturbing for the golfers as a whole. This is the job of the ZGA - what are they employed to do, why have an association if they are missing such minor admin issues, can you use an excuse such as change of email address. Either action needs to be taken against those that have failed to make this happen for these young golfers or there needs to be a drastic face change of ZGA and fill those spaces with competent, reliable individuals that genuinely care about GOLF as a sport. These young gentleman want to make a name for themselves, GOLF is their job and ZGA you are sadly killing it for these and the upcoming golfers.

Shells - 3 September 2014

Not responding to the invitation is bad enough, but I wonder why our countries best amateur golfer Scott Vincent wasn't in the team?

Darren Thompson - 23 September 2014

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