Major boost for Zim golf

HARARE - Zimbabwe's golf courses are set to benefit from $50 000 worth of green keeping equipment from Royal and Ancient (R&A), the Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) said yesterday.

The equipment will be handed over to the recipient clubs during a workshop which will be hosted by ZGA for green keepers from all golf clubs in the country as well as from Zambia and Malawi.

The workshop to be held between April 4 and 5 at Royal Harare has attracted over 60 participants.

“The equipment is distributed through R&A’s Greenkeeping Machinery Programme established in 2004, to provide support to golf facilities across the globe,” ZGA said in a statement.

“Having identified that a lack of equipment can restrict many courses from maintaining good playing surfaces, the R&A set up this mechanism to provide machinery free of charge to those most in need.”

The R&A was formed in 2004 and is based in St Andrews — Scotland.

It seeks to engage in and support activities that are undertaken for the benefit of the sport of golf.

The R&A organises The British Open, golf’s oldest and most popular international major championship, along with a number of other amateur and junior events, some of which are sanctioned by other golfing bodies.

Together the R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards.

The R&A governs worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, with the consent of 152 organisations from amateur and professional golf and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 138 countries.

ZGA president Mafingei Nyamwanza, said he was proud and excited that the R&A had chosen Zimbabwe as the venue for the workshop.

He said this development will assist members improve their skills and knowledge in maintaining world class standards in local golf courses.

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