Zim women star in tri-nations golf tournament

Forty-two players from the hosts, Zimbabwe, and 10 each from Zambia and Botswana took part in the tournament, which was held at the Chapman Golf Club in the capital Harare.

The Zimbabweans made maximum use of home advantage to dominate the tournament by winning most of the divisions.

In the championship division, Alex Bell was the winner with Jessie Nyakatawa behind her. Terry Elliot won the A division and Barbie Coughlan finished second.

It was a Zimbabwe one-two again in the B division, where Joan Hampton was first and Mel Hooley second.

However, the visitors came into their own in the prestigious A and B Triangular tournament which preceded the matchplay.

Six teams played in the tournament, which was also at Chapman, with each of the three countries represented in both the A and B divisions.

Pre-tournament favourites to walk away with both divisions, hosts Zimbabwe found the going not all to their way as Zambia pipped them to the A division title after a play-off as both had been tied on 14 points.

It was a good come-back for the Zambians. In last year’s tournament held in their capital, Lusaka, they finished with a meagre seven points, third behind Botswana who were second on 12 points and Zimbabwe first with 17.

In a confirmation of the reversal of fortunes, Zimbabwe won the B Division, in which they finished second on 11 points behind Zambia on 20 last year’s while Botswana took the third spot with 5 points.

Zimbabwe Ladies Golfers Association President Helen van Rensburg said this year’s tournament was yet another success which allowed the players to showcase their talent: “Many golfers are coming to this tournament which is used as part of development process for national teams to participate in future continental events.”

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