Ndaruza relishes All Africa Golf Team Championship debut -Newsday Zimbabwe



Munashe Ndaruza

WINGATE Park Golf Club-based amateur golfer Munashe Ndaruza is relishing the opportunity to represent the country for the first time in international competition at the All Africa Golf Team Championship in Egypt from September 27-30.

The rising star, who grew up in the high-density Harare suburb of Glen View, enjoyed a memorable season on the national circuit after winning five titles.

Ndaruza started the season in style winning the Julius Robinson Trophy on his home course at Wingate before winning the Chapman Grand Slam, the Masvingo Amateur Championship, the Roland Park Open and most recently the Bata Power Open.

The promising golfer, who celebrates his 21st birthday on Saturday, will be joined by fellow top amateurs Keegan Shutt, Clifford Muchenje and Tanaka Chatora in the continental competition which has been dominated over the years by its South African neighbours.

Ndaruza, who is currently the highest ranked player in the Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) Order of Merit standings, said he was excited about the opportunity to represent the country at such a prestigious competition.

“It’s really great to have the chance to compete and represent Zimbabwe at such a big event. I look forward to gaining experience through the exposure that comes with competing in such tournaments. said Ndaruza.

While Ndaruza is now set to represent Zimbabwe on one of Africa’s biggest amateur golf stages, not too long ago his dream was to represent the country in football.

Despite his father’s close ties to Wingate Golf Club, where he works as a greenkeeper, Ndaruza was more interested in football.

“I was a football fanatic and during my high school days I took it so seriously that I dreamed of following in the footsteps of Peter Ndlovu. I never had any plans for golf and I’m actually surprised to the strong affection I now have towards this sport,” he said.

“I developed a passion for golf later when I was lucky enough to join Wingate Golf Club. Before, I thought golf was only for the rich and I’m actually amazed at the wins I’ve had. ‘get in every tournament I play.”

Ndaruza, who is inspired by former world number one golfer Tiger Woods, said he hopes to continue representing Zimbabwe in other international tournaments in the future.

“My goal now is to represent my country in more international tournaments and I am very confident that I will make my country proud.

The 2022 All Arica Amateur Championship will see the countries compete again in a 72-hole stroke play format with the top three scores counting towards the team total in each round at the El Gouna Golf Course in Hurghada, India. Egypt.

South Africa won the first biennial in 2001 and triumphed in Botswana (2003), Uganda (2005), Namibia (2007), Egypt (2011), Swaziland (2013), Kenya (2015 ) and Zimbabwe (2017).

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