Zimbabwe has been awarded the privilege of hosting the Africa Amateur Golf Team Championship as well as the All Africa Junior Golf Challenge in 2017. This was confirmed at The Africa Golf Federation (AGF) meeting held yesterday 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 who is the Head of Delegation for the team in Kenya. 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.
The AAGTC is played every two years. The teams participating in this year’s tournament are Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Tunisia, defending champions South Africa, host Kenya, Zone Six and East Africa golf Champions Uganda, Zambia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Egypt and Cote D’Ivoire.
A total of 15 countries are currently battling it out for the African Continent’s most prestigious amateur team strokeplay golf championship being held in Kenya for the first time since the event started in 2001. Ghana and Ethiopia withdrew from the championship at the last minute.
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.
‘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.’ said the ZGA.