HARARE - Zimbabwe will host some of Africa’s top rising golfers in 2017 after they were awarded the privilege of hosting the Africa Amateur Golf Team Championship (AAGTC) and All Africa Junior Golf Challenge in Kenya on Tuesday.
The AAGTC ended in the East African country yesterday having drawn teams from Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Tunisia, South Africa, Zone Six and East Africa golf Champions Uganda, Zambia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Egypt and Cote D’Ivoire.
And Zimbabwe is expected to play host to the same countries as they battled it out for the African Continent’s most prestigious amateur team strokeplay golf championship.
Almost a similar number of teams will be expected for the All Africa Junior Golf Challenge which the country will also be hosting in the same year.
The junior challenge is a qualifier for the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup that is played annually in Nagoya, Japan where the two leading African teams represent the continent.
“This was confirmed at The Africa Golf Federation (AGF) meeting held on Tuesday in Kenya where the 2015 edition of the AAGTC is being played.
“So we have a lot of work ahead of us,” said Mufaro Chivonivoni the Zimbabwe Golf Association’s first Vice President.
In a press statement yesterday, Zimbabwe Golf Association said it was a good development for golf in Zimbabwe.
“This comes as great news for Zimbabwe’s golfing fraternity and the nation in general. It is excellent for our tourism sector and calls for all parties to ensure the two tournaments’ success,” read a statement from ZGA.
“It’s a badge of honour for the country to be bestowed the rights to host a continental tournament and this is a double blessing for us.
“We obviously have to work hard to meet this opportunity that we have had and reflects how Zimbabwean golf is regarded on the continent.”
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe battled hard but failed to hold onto their third round lead at the prestigious Africa Amateur Golf Team Championships played at Limuru country club in Nairobi, Kenya.
In the end, the quartet of Tonderai Masunga, Robson Chinhoi, Visitor Mapwanya and David Amm finished third following their combined score of 892.
South Africa, whose title defence at the Africa Amateur Golf Team Championship looked in jeopardy a day ago, successfully chased down Zimbabwe to secure their eighth victory in the prestigious teams championship.