The Herald (Harare)

12 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Amateur Golf Season Resumes

THE Zimbabwe amateur golf season resumes this morning with the Dugmore Trophy set for Bulawayo Golf Club. The tournament is always the first on the calendar and will see the resumption of the battle in the order of merit between amateurs from across the country.

Mathew Ncube of Bulawayo will be looking forward to winning the title for a record third time after winning it in the last two years.

Ncube, who had poor end of year performances, will be out to retain the trophy he shared with in-form Ben Follet-Smith after they finished tied last season.

The players managed to score five-under-par scores at the challenging Bulawayo course. A total of 77 players took to the field last year. The event had some club competitions that were won by the host team of Mathew Williams, Murray Partsons, McDonald Tsutso and Bret Gordad.

Led by skipper, Partsons, the club managed a total of 873 points after the four rounds.

Last year Smith managed to maintain his good form only to fail to make it to the Eisenhower on the final hurdle.

The Dugmore Trophy is one of the seven events taken into consideration in the selection of the national team for the World Amateur Championships.

Most of the players took part in the Ray Straker Under-23 event at Chapman last week. The event saw Thembelani Vundhla, who had some good outings towards the end of last season, continuing with his fine form.

The Zimbabwe Golf Association vice president, Boniface Chigorimbo, said they were looking forward to a competitive show and hope the rains will not affect them.

"We are looking forward to a competitive event and, as the first event of the season, everyone will be looking forward to it.

"I hope the rains will not let us down and we finish the 76 holes," Chigorimbo said.

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