LAST month, Nasho Kamungeremu, one of the country’s top professional golfers, took over the reins at the Zimbabwe Professional Golfers’Association (ZPGA) from Morgan Shumba. IndependentSport’s
Enock Muchinjo spoke to Kamungeremu about his views and objectives, and the following are excerpts of the interview:
Q: What inspired you to contest for the ZPGA leadership post and what state did you find the association in?
A: I think when you are chosen or elected for a new post, you look to implement your own ideas and ambitions to the position, and in this case to use my experience as a player to further the ambitions and objectives of the ZPGA and its members. My predecessors have been in this same position and have implemented their own ideas on how the association should be run.
Q: Your predecessor, Morgan Shumba, said last year that the Zimbabwe Open would bounce back this year. Is it on?
A: We have high hopes that the Zimbabwe Open will be played within the next 12 months. Details are currently being discussed and we will give you further information when progress has been made.
Q: Do sponsors want to come back to golf?
A: Golf has lost quite a lot of sponsors, but we have also gained valuable sponsors, both in ZPGA tournaments and in amateur golf. In the future, we hope that this sponsorship will also go to other things like helping repair courses that are in unplayable conditions.
Q: What do you look forward to in the new season?
A: We look forward to developing a strong and mutually productive partnership with the corporate world and potential sponsors, promoting their companies and products through pro-am and professional tournaments.