MSU rekindles golf frenzy

The Midlands State University recently embarked on a programme that would see corporate golf tournaments being rolled out. Lately, golf in the city had sunk into obscurity due to lack of competitive tournaments, despite evidence of untapped talent in the game.

In 2010, hundreds of golfers from across the province thronged the Gweru Sports Club for a tournament that was also attended by then Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. But since then, there have been problems putting together similar events.

However, through partnership with a number of corporate bodies like FBC retail bank, First Mutual, Nyaradzo Funeral Assurance, ZB Bank and Old Mutual, the local varsity has taken it upon itself to ensure regular golf tournaments are held.

During the inaugural tournament at Gweru Sports Club recently, Ngwabi Bhebhe, the MSU Vice Chancellor, said it was significant for the sport to be brought to the community.

“There is need for the university to join forces with the business community and ensure regular golf tournaments are held. The sport just needs to be popularised within the community,” said Bhebhe.

He described the initial tournament that attracted over 100 golfers as a right step towards the hosting of other similarly successful tournaments.

“This tournament was a very successful one. We now need to build on its success and ensure that in future, we do the same and expose the talented players,” he added.

Midlands already boasts of some of the country’s finest golfers, who saw the province grab the Filande inter-provincial golf championship in 2013. These include Boston Hwizimani, Doctor Maphosa, Gideon Mhere, Godfrey Zulu, Trevor Chaparadza, Visitor Mapwanya and Mathias Nyangani.

At the recent competition, more exciting players cropped up, like Killian Musiyiwa of Zim Alloys, who emerged champion with 42 points and runner-up, Cliff Muteve, who trailed with a single point adrift.

Lucas Rungano of Kwekwe Golf Club, who came third with 40 points, also added to the number of impressive players that could be instrumental in building a national team.

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