Golf head impressed

Enock Muchinjo

COLIN Shand, team manager for the Zimbabwe golf side that recently returned from the 2004 Zone VI Amateur Tournament in Namibia, believes his charges’ performance shows the game is on a develo

pmental path.

The team finished fifth at the tournament, which could be viewed in bad light, but Shand says it reflects the development that the sport is currently experiencing.

“Our team played well. Golf in Africa has vastly improved in the last six months,” he said. “The competition in Windhoek was stiff and the tournament was very close up to the last round. Two of our top players, Rob Saurombe and Derek Benade, lost matches against South Africa and Kenya respectively which if they had won would have pulled us through to winning the tournament.

Just three points separated the top five teams out of the nine that participated at the tournament. The eventual winners, South Africa, managed 18,5 points with the runners-up Kenya and Namibia on 17 points. Swaziland was fourth with 15,5 points, half a point ahead of Zimbabwe.