Zimbabwe Golf Association eyes growing the sport

By Skilder Makona

THE Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) says it is working towards growing the sport while demystifying the myth that it is for the elite.

This comes after the association opened its first-ever office in Harare on the first of last month to ensure it improves its stakeholder relations and enhance service delivery.

The newly appointed ZGA Administrative Assistant, Tirivashe Nheweyembwa said golf is open to everyone, hence the need to introduce the sport to all parts of the country starting from junior level.

“We need to ensure that we are more visible and accessible to all our members and those who wish to join us as well as our partners and stakeholders. This will help us improve our stakeholder relationship as we work towards growing the game within the next few years. This is the major reason why we established our first ever fully functional office in Zimbabwe. We also felt the need to train coaches and groom more juniors if we are to achieve our vision as ZGA,” he said

Nheweyembwa also added that the association is working on a number of programmes as part of its corporate social responsibility in the fight COVID-19.

“As an association, we are also working on a post-COVID-19 programme because it is not only about who was affected, who has or what but we have to play our part in the fight to combat the pandemic. We encourage our golf players and the nation at large to observe the health guidelines to stay safe and keep alive,” he added.

Golf is one of the sport codes which has been classified under low risk and has since been given the leeway by the Sports and Recreation Commission to resume its activities during the COVID-19 induced lockdown.