Golfer Ndaruza gets national team call-up

AFTER winning his fourth tournament of the season when he bagged the Bata Power Amateur Golf Championship at Gweru Golf Club over the weekend, Munashe Ndaruza was rewarded for his efforts as he was included in the Zimbabwe Golf Association’s team for the All Africa Team Championship.

The bi-annual event will be played in Cairo, Egypt, from September 16-21.

The Wingate-based top amateur has been making some strides as he also won the Julius Robinson, Masvingo Amateur Championship and the Roland Park Golf Open this season.

To add to that, the 20-year-old golfer, who started playing golf competitively this year because of financial challenges as he does not have a sponsor, believes he will continue to work hard and see that his career takes shape. Playing off zero handicap, Ndaruza carded 75, 73, and 79 for a total 227.

On second place was George Mhere as Lloyd Dube had rounds of 73,73 and 79 for a total 219 off his three handicap. Delian Mangabhai was fourth with Clive Muchenje in fifth place.

Ndaruza said he is happy with the win and the opportunity to represent the country.

“I am very happy with the win and I hope to continue with my fine form. Playing at Gweru has always been challenging but I am happy that I am proving with each passing game. There are several good players who are playing well in the local circuit and they have always given me the much-needed competitiveness.

“I am happy that I have managed to win three tournaments this season and I look forward to win more,” said Ndaruza.

The 20-year-old, who started his golfing journey under Julius Kamalizeni and the Katembenuka siblings, said he is grateful to everyone who has supported him.

“I am glad that I have managed to make the team that will take part in the All Africa Team Championship. It is every player’s dream to represent your country and I am grabbing it with both hands.’’

The Zimbabwe team for the bi-annual All Africa Golf Team Championship will be led by Keagan Shutt who is currently in Paris, France, for the Eisenhower Trophy. Shutt will be complemented by Ndaruza, Muchenje and Tanaka Chatora. Hwange-based professional Phillip Tshuma will be the team coach and ZGA president Martin Chikwana will be the head of delegation. Herald

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