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The inaugural inter city golf tournament tees off on Saturday at Gweru Golf Club, BT Sport can report.
Teams expected to take part in the tournament include Gweru, Ruwa, Hwange, Bindura, Bulawayo, Marondera, Zvishavane and Masvingo.
Others are Harare, Norton, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Chiredzi, Kwekwe, Kadoma, Victoria Falls and Chinhoyi.
Part of the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to elderly homes in Zimbabwe.
Tournament director, Ephraim Mashingaidze (pictured inset) said the tournerment is also meant to develop strong golfing teams within cities and towns
“As you are aware that most golf courses in Zimbabwe belong to cities , town councils, so we are taking the sport of golf to their doorsteps to ensure that we encourage them to increase their participation in the sport of golf.
“There are strong sporting teams owned by municipalities, local boards, town councils and cities in football, volleyball, basketball and other sporting codes which compete both socially and competitively , thus therefore the Zimbabwe Inter-City Golf Championship comes in to develop golf along the same lines, “he said.
He added: “We are very much thrilled and appreciative that the uptake from the stakeholders on this new concept has been well received. We already have a good number of cities, town councils, local boards who have indicated to field golfers from their areas to come and defend their territories at this golf battle in the “City of Progress”.
The bragging rights challenges have already started with the hosts Gweru golfers, claiming they will sweep all other teams aside to lift the Trophy in their backyard come Saturday.
Mashingaidze said they chose Gweru because of its centrality location.
However, he said his organisation will be rotating the hosting of the tournament to other cities and towns.
“As Gweru prepares to host this progressive new golf brand, we are simply saying other cities , local boards, municipalities and towns who do not have golf courses in their backyards should start considering having golf course facilities as well so that the tournament can also be hosted in their areas in the future,” Mashingaidze said.
A floating trophy, medals, tournament prizes for both the team and individual categories will be up for grabs at the tournament.