Former Zimbabwe spin-bowler Graeme Cremer has found comfort in golf after turning his back on cricket.
Cremer disappeared from the cricket scene after a pay dispute with Zimbabwe Cricket who have since settled all his dues.
Despite getting his money Cremer, who had promised to return once all financial issues had been resolved, has decided to take up golf seriously and is hoping to turn professional soon.
He has, however, not ruled out making a return to cricket but has ruled out playing in Zimbabwe again.
“I have always enjoyed golf and I started playing at a very young age, so when I decided I wasn’t going to play cricket anymore I decided to take up golf since I wanted to stay in some form of sport,” said Cremer. “I have enjoyed myself so far and I will play until I feel I am ready to turn pro. I do not know what the future holds; I might still play cricket but it if it happens it will not be in Zimbabwe. I was hoping things would get better but they are actually getting worse.”
Cremer is receiving his golf tutelage from Terry Cairns, father to professional golfer Ryan.
The 27-year old would need to win an amateur tournament for him to stand a chance to turn professional and he has been close to achieving that, finishing second in a tournament played in Kadoma while he also finished 6th at the Leopard Rock Amateur Tournament.
“I think I have done well since I started entering these tournaments in August last year and maybe I will move abroad to play professionally.”
This weekend Cremer will continue on his journey by participating in the Chapman Grand Slam.
“I enjoy working with Terry and I have learnt a lot from him since he started coaching me and I can achieve a lot with his knowledge.”
Cremer played 11 Tests for Zimbabwe where he took 24 wickets having made his debut in Chittagong against Bangladesh in 2005.
His last Test match was against Bangladesh in Harare last year.
He also played 43 One-Day-Internationals taking 53 wickets in the process while he represented the country in nine T-20 internationals.