THE Zimbabwe Ladies’ Golf Union (ZLGU) has praised the national ladies golf team following their historic victory at the Gilberson and Page Trophy Triangular Ladies Golf Tournament in Zambia on Thursday.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
Zimbabwe led from start to finish to claim their first Gilberson and Page Trophy since 2003 in convincing fashion over rivals Zambia and Kenya during the tournament played at Lusaka and Chainama golf clubs.
The team, comprising captain Batsirai Tilowakuti, Danielle Bekker, Margaret Nyamukondiwa, Emily Jones, Heather Watson, Yollander Mubaiwa and Brenda Leipe, posted an all rounds total of 49 points to beat hosts Zambia by a massive 20 points, as defending champions Kenya finished third with 22 points.
This was Zimbabwe’s first win in the competition in 14 years and ZLGU president Caroline Mtsambiwa reckoned this as the beginning of a new era in women’s golf in the country.
“The team has made us very proud and I’m confident this is the beginning of bigger things for ladies golf,” Mtsambiwa told NewsDay Weekender Sport from Zambia yesterday.
“Like I said before the tournament, we came to Zambia with the aim of bringing back the trophy and for sure we did it in style. From the opening day we were unstoppable and we took a 12-point lead and the girls never looked back.
“We had not won this tournament for a long time, in fact the last time we won was in 2003 so this is a great achievement.”
The Zimbabwean girls are now set to challenge the hosts and Kenyans in today’s first round of the Zambian Ladies Open Championship to be staged also at Lusaka Golf Club.