The Ladies Golf Challenge is a biennial grouping of 20 of the best ladies golf playing nations in Africa.
Zimbabwe joins South Africa and Botswana in the battle to host the tournament. The winning bid will be announced before the end of the same competition which is currently going on in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Africa Ladies Golf Association has a rotational system for the contest. The tournament is in Nigeria, a West African country, having previously been in Cairo, Egypt, a north African country. This time it is southern Afrca’s chance and for that matter to host the 20th anniversary of the competition.
The spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Ladies Golfers Association, Helen Van Rensburg, said the country was banking on past experience to win the right to host the ompetition.
“We are confident after having successfully hosted that competition before that we will get the nod ahead of South Africa and Botswana,” said Rensburg.
Rensburg said Zimbabwe had submitted a bid document which showed all the neccesary requirements for the tournament including the courses earmarked for the competition.
Zimbabwe is a renowned golf playing nation with very good courses spread over various towns and cities in all the four parts of the country.
It also has a proud playing record. The ladies team led by Rumbidzai Masanzu finished third at the last All Africa Ladies Golf Challenge in Egypt in 2008.
In the men’s golf, Nick Price was the world’s number one on the World Sony Rankings in 1993 while Marc McNulty and Tony Jonstone were seasoned campainers on the world tour. In addition, the late Lewis Chitengwa Muridzo in 1992 beat World golf champion Tiger Woods in a play off at the World Junior championships in the United States of America.
The country has also hosted some of the world’s top golfers, among them Retief Goosen and Darren Firchadt during the annual Zimbabwe Open Golf Championship also played at world class courses like Chapman and Royal Harare.