THE Macaskill Amateur Golf League makes a return to Hwange and Elephant Hills Golf Clubs at the weekend after a three-year absence.
Report by Sukoluhle Mthethwa
The league started more than two decades ago, is played by Hwange Golf Club, Elephant Hills, Harry Allen, Bulawayo Country Club and Bulawayo Golf Club (BGC).
However, BGC are not taking part this week because they have no fixture.
Matabeleland Golf Association president Mufaro Chivonivoni yesterday confirmed the golf league’s return.
“We are having the first fixtures for the Macaskill League at Hwange Golf Club on Saturday and Elephant Hills in Victoria Falls on Sunday. The league has not been held for three years because of financial constraints, but it is back this year.”
“The games will be played on home-and-away basis. The winner will represent the province in the national handicap league to be played later this year,” he said.
The format of the competition is match play.
Chivonivoni said the tournament was very important for golfers in the region.
“It is good that we are having such a tournament this year. It is important because it gives the golfers from Bulawayo the chance to interact with golfers from Hwange and Victoria Falls,” he said.
The league will be played every month and will see winners receiving a trophy.
Hwange was early this month granted the Order of Merit by the Zimbabwe Golf Association after successfully hosting the Kamandama Memorial Golf Tournament.
It became the second golf course in Matabeleland North to receive that honour after Elephant Hills. In the world of golf, the Order of Merit is equivalent of the Professional Golfers’ Association tour money list where players have their winnings from sanctioned events compiled over the course of the season. What it means is that the gold club will now attract more players for ratings.