Zimbabwe quartet ready to shine at Africa Region 5 golf tourney

The Zimbabwe amateur golf team pose for a team photo before their practice round in Luanda on Sunday

Top junior golfer Michael Wallace, who recently finished second at the recent All Africa Junior Golf Championship headlines a strong Zimbabwe team that will be seeking to end South Africa’s dominance in the Africa Region 5 Golf Tournament in Angola this week.

The Royal Harare Golf Club junior golfer will line up alongside fellow national team players Rasheed Mohammed, Tariro November, both from Chapman Golf Club and captain Clifford Sibanda, who plays out of Country Club, Newlands.

The team is accompanied by the Zimbabwe Golf Association vice-president Munodawafa Mutopo.

The Africa Region 5 Golf Tournament, formerly known as the Zone VI Golf Tournament, adopted the new name and new format four years ago. This year’s tournament will be played at the Mangais Golf Course from April 25-27

The teams play an 18-hole stroke play qualifier on the first day, which determines the seeding order for the match play knock-out stage of the tournament.

South Africa has dominated the event since its re-admittance in 1995 with just two losses when Kenya won in Botswana in 2010 and Uganda beat them at home in 2016.

The South African teams won all their titles outright, except in 1998 when they beat Swaziland in a count-out of holes up.

However, the Zimbabwe team of 2022 will endeavour to end South Africa’s dominance in the competition, although it will be a very difficult start.

All 10 of the Region 5 countries will be participating this year, including Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, SA, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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