Golf promoter Mabikacheche dies

Former Zimbabwe Golf Association Vice President, Tavenganiswa Mabikacheche has died.

He was 68.

Mabikacheche, who is well known for his commitment to grassroots developing by taking golf to marginalised areas, died this Tuesday after a short illness.

He also founded the Mabikacheche Rural & Urban Sports Promotion Golf Foundation, which scouted for and promoted golf among school pupils, particularly in remote areas.

Friend and a fellow golf trustee, Alex Mashamhanda said Mabikacheche has left a void which will be difficult to fill.

“We will never find someone like him, his passion for developing golf was unmatched, he went to rural areas to find players to teach golf and he was successful in this.

“He built us the course at Falcon Golf Club. When we got it, it was nine holes and he designed and built the other to make it 18 holes. Such dedication is unmatched,” said Mashamhanda.

Ugandan open winner and one of Mabikacheche’s protégés, Robson Chinoi said golf has lost a legend.

“I am at a loss for words. I am actually in tears now. I am in pain. We can never find someone like him. He gave his life to golf, imagine someone having to come all the way to Mutare and search for talent. It’s hard. We have been robbed.”

Mabikacheche also took his passion for golf to radio as a resident golf expert on ZBC’s Classic263.

Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.