Zim to host tri-nation ladies golf tourney

On that day, the Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union (ZLGU) will be hosting the A and B Triangular tournament which will also involve players from Botswana and Zambia. Because the triangular series is a highlight on the regional ladies golf calendar, unlimited action will be on offer with the players trying to outdo each other in the quest for regional supremacy.

The hosts have announced two strong sides for the tri-nation tournament. Mandy Paterson will captain the Zimbabwe A division team which also includes her fellow survivors from last year, Esther Dzingai and Barbie Coughlan, and newcomers Adi Campbell and Terri Renni. Aulia Alfazema is the first reserve and Jean McKenzie the second reserve for the A division team.

“We have an exciting mix of seasoned players and new caps and so we expect the A division team to successfully defend the trophy it won in Zambia last year,” said ZLGU president Helen van Rensburg.

There is only one survivor from last year’s team in the B division, which will be captained by Christine Gunundu. Zarina Ahmed and the captain are joined by Barbie Cameron, Clothilda Chidanyika and Linda Rubaya in that side. The first reserve for the B division team is Tsungi Fundira and the second is Indira Gulab.

Van Rensburg said given the lack of experience in the B division side, it will be very much a case of waiting and seeing how the ladies perform as they seek to dethrone Zambia, who are going for a hat-trick after winning the trophy in Botswana two years ago and then at home last year.

While the hosts have been using the whole season to prepare for the triangular series, the two teams will get down to practice sessions in Harare and Bulawayo starting from tomorrow.

Botswana and Zambia are expected to name their teams by the end of the month, with the players arriving in Zimbabwe for the tournament two days before it begins. They will then stay on to compete in Zimbabwe’s last tournament of the season, the National Matchplay Championship, from the 21st to the 23rd of October.

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