MBONGENI Maphosa will be among the local junior golfers who will take part in the tri-nations tournament, whose practice round begins at Chapman tomorrow morning. The event will feature hosts Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana competing in the matchplay tourney.
Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association president, Mike Baylis, said he is confident that the team will do well in the tournament. "We have so much belief in the team that we have selected.
"The players are doing well in the local circuit and we want to give them exposure for next big tournaments set for next year.
"We have won the event a record five times and we look forward to continue with our dominance in the event.
"The players we have brought in are all below 17 years and we are happy that they can have the much needed experience," said Baylis.
The event used to only feature Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. Botswana came in this year after replacing Malawi after they failed to send in a team.
"We are not worried about playing Botswana whom we do not know well.
"The team will just play their normal game and we are hopeful they can bring the results at the end. We will have a new tournament next year, which will have Kenya and Namibia, so this may work as preparations for the event.
"Kenya is a golf stronghold and we are grooming the players to face the team next year," Baylis said. The team is evenly balanced with three players coming from Harare, three from Bulawayo and one from Triangle.
Meanwhile, CG Tracking Carguard yesterday donated the money it raised for Danai Children's Home through a fundraising golf day. CG gave the children's home a cheque worth US$9 200 at their premises.
Speaking at the function, Fransisca Saungweme, director of the children's home, which looks after 26 children from the age of two, said they are very grateful for the kind gesture. "We are happy with what Carguard has done for us and we hope to develop our projects."
Mongeni Maphosa, Stewart Krog, Kiren Vincent (all Harare), Jack Alloid, David Amm, Kristen Justin (all Bulawayo), Tanaka Mhere (Triangle).