Zim ladies team confident

HARARE - Zimbabwe ladies golf team captain Natasha Zelow is upbeat her side will hold their own at the Gilberson and Page (G & P) Trophy Tournament set for Borrowdale Brooke and Chapman Golf Clubs.

The tournament gets underway today and will see Zimbabwe ladies golf team teeing it up against top amateur lady golfers from Zambia and Kenya.

Kenya come into the biannual event as the defending champions.

However, on home soil, Zimbabwe are hoping to cause an upset and lift the trophy.

Zelow, a 27-year-old part time sports coach at Chisipite Junior School, says her side has prepared well for the contest.

“It is an incredible honour and privilege just to be selected as part of the Zimbabwe team, and to be chosen as the captain is an amazing accomplishment for which I am hugely grateful,” she said.

“We have such a wonderful team this year and we have worked hard for the upcoming week. I look forward to representing my country and being part of the Zimbabwe ladies golf team I will do the best I can.  It is my prayer and hope that we can do our country proud.”

Top local amateur golfers Aulia Alfazema and Sarah Blythe-Wood headline Zimbabwe’s side.

Blythe-Wood recently captured her second title of the season at the Harare Province Ladies Strokeplay at Royal Harare Golf Club and is expected to play a leading role in the country’s title charge.

Other members of the provisional team named by Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union last week include Emily Jones, who plays off 10-handicap, Danielle Bekker and Yolander Mubaiwa who play off handicap nine and three respectively.

Also part of the team is Brenda Liepe, who plays off seven-handicap and six-handicapper Batsirai Tilowakuti.

Zimbabwe’s first participation in the tournament was 1983.

In 1991 the event became a biennial championship hosted alternately by the participating nations.

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