60 par­tic­i­pants reg­is­ter for John Landa tour­na­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sports - Nqo­bile Tshili Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

SIXTY par­tic­i­pants have reg­is­tered for the third edi­tion of the John Landa Nkomo golf tour­na­ment to be held at Bu­l­awayo’s Harry Allen Golf Club next month.

The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion will be held on Septem­ber 17, with or­gan­is­ers hope­ful of also at­tract­ing young golfers be­tween the ages of five and 16 years.

The tour­na­ment be­gan in 2014 fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful launch of the John Landa Nkomo Memo­rial Trust in mem­ory of the late Vice Pres­i­dent.

JLNMT chair­per­son and son to the late VP Jab­u­lani Nkomo said the tour­na­ment is part of projects meant to keep his fa­ther’s mem­ory alive.

He said their thrust is to nur­ture young golfers by ex­pos­ing them to ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers early in their ca­reers.

“The idea is to sup­port up-and-com­ing young golfers ex­cel and we’re work­ing hand in hand with the Mata­bele­land Golf As­so­ci­a­tion, among other donors,” said Nkomo.

“The John Landa Nkomo golf tour­na­ment will be run­ning for its third con­sec­u­tive year. We’re also ex­pect­ing to have ju­nior golfers be­tween the ages of five and 16.”

He said golf was not taken se­ri­ously and the tour­ney was aimed at open­ing av­enues for ju­nior golfers.

“We’ve ob­served that a few chil­dren have adopted golf as their sport, as they pre­fer cricket and soc­cer, among other sport­ing dis­ci­plines,” Nkomo said.

The tour­na­ment has pre­vi­ously at­tracted pro­fes­sional golfers and high rank­ing politi­cians — @nqot­shili

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