Date set for army char­i­ties golf tour­ney

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Harry Allen Golf Club in Bu­l­awayo will play host to the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army Char­i­ties golf tour­na­ment sched­uled for Septem­ber 23.

The tour­na­ment or­gan­ised by the army and Bak­ers Inn, is ex­pected to draw 30 teams made up of four golfers each, in­clud­ing army com­man­ders and cap­tains of in­dus­try.

Spokesper­son for the tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers, Lieu­tenant-Colonel Fabion Chi­tungo, said they have changed the for­mat from a Four Ball Bet­ter Ball to Mex­i­can Hat Ball.

“This year it’s big­ger in terms of or­gan­i­sa­tion and prizes for play­ers. Bak­ers Inn chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ngoni Mazango will play along­side ZNA com­man­der Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Philip Va­le­rio Sibanda. Also to make the day in­ter­est­ing, we’re us­ing the Mex­i­can Hat Ball for­mat. This will see golfers choos­ing to play the best ball in the event that they have a stray shot. They can pick their ball and start from a best ball. That way, par­tic­i­pants will have more time to in­ter­act,” Chi­tungo said.

He said 20 teams (80 play­ers) had reg­is­tered for the tour­na­ment.

Chi­tungo said pro­ceeds from next week­end’s fundrais­ing tour­na­ment will be chan­nelled to army char­i­ties.

“Ev­ery­thing is go­ing to the char­i­ties and we re­cently com­pleted a state-of-the-art science lab­o­ra­tory at In­duna High School at a cost of $375 000. We will also be build­ing a sec­ondary school in Mbal­a­bala us­ing pro­ceeds from such char­ity events,” said Chi­tungo.

The ZNA char­i­ties are Tsanga Lodge Con­va­les­cent Cen­tre in Nyanga for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of in­jured sol­diers; the Benev­o­lence Fund for the wel­fare of troops on in­ter­nal, ex­ter­nal and in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions, ZNA Schools Wel­fare Trust, which has a to­tal of 12 pri­mary and five sec­ondary schools as well as the Wid­ows and Or­phans’ Fund that takes care of wid­ows of sol­diers be­fore they re­ceive ter­mi­nal ben­e­fits.

Be­sides the golf tour­na­ment, the army also runs a foot­ball tour­na­ment as well as a horse rac­ing event as part of its fund-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Caps United won the 2017 ZNA Char­ity Shield in March when they beat High­landers 3-2 in a penalty shootout in Bu­l­awayo af­ter the game had ended 0-0. — @ZililoR.

Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Philip Va­le­rio Sibanda

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