Zim golfers for Region V Champs

HARARE - Zimbabwe's amateur golfers will battle for honours at the Africa Region Five Championships set for Royal Swazi Spa Golf Club in Manzini, Swaziland.

The Zimbabwe amateur golf team which left for Swaziland yesterday for the 2016 Region Five championships will be represented by Visitor Mapwanya, Tafara Mpofu, Never Phiri and David Du Preez.

The Roger Baylis-coached quartet will be hoping to navigate past other fledgling golfers from Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Kenya and Uganda.

A new format has been introduced for the annual tournament previously called Africa Zone Six Golf Championship.

For the first time since the championship was started in 1982, the event will have an 18-hole stroke-play qualifying event before the main championship begins where teams will also be seeded in divisions.

The new changes were proposed by South Africa two years ago and agreed during last year’s championship in Uganda.

The event has also been re-named Africa Region Five according to the recent zonal changes made by the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA).

Another change in the championship is that the team sizes have also been reduced from eight players to four with each country in Region Five allowed by field two teams of four players each.

At the send-off held at Royal Harare Golf Club yesterday, the Zimbabwe Golf Association President, Mafingei Nyamwanza urged the team to bring the trophy home.

“The nation is behind the team, you need to fly the nation’s flag high,” Nyamwanza said.

Uganda was last year’s surprise winners after beating the dominant South Africans by 1 point.

This was the second time for South Africa to be beaten in the tournament’s history after Kenya’s victory in 2010.

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