IT was a momentous occasion on Thursday evening as the Zimbabwe golf fraternity came together for the inaugural 2013 Zimbabwe Golf Awards at Chapman Golf Club.
There were justifiably six lifetime achievement awards for iconic individuals namely Rodger Baylis, Tesa Covell, John Kelly, Steve Matondo, Tim Price and Anderson Rusike. The three — Brendon de Jongé, Tony Johnstone and Nick Price — received recognition in the International golf ambassador award 2013 while there were also multiple winners in the corporate recognition as well as the golf achievement categories.
Undoubtedly, the awards will have a positive influence on the Zimbabwe golf landscape.
Coach Rodger Baylis said: “These awards will go a long way in stimulating a lot of interest in sport competitiveness at every level. We have always needed the government of Zimbabwe to be involved,” he added.
Baylis took time to draw parallels between Zimbabwean and South African golf.
“Look, it’s just a game of numbers, that is where the difference is, for every one golfer we have South Africa have 60. We have fantastic golfers in this country and remember Scott Vincent went to South Africa and beat them in their backyard countless times, we are definitely on the right track,” he said.