SOUTH Africa-based Charles Samuriwo and his playing partner Diamond Jackson scored 46 points to win the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Victoria Falls Invitational Golf Tournament that was held at Elephant Hills Golf Course on Friday.Patron of the event, Vice President Joice Mujuru and other Government dignitaries, captains of industry and sports personalities graced the event.
Coming second was the duo of L Kodzai and R Mubaiwa who scored 46 points while Piri Mukono and Nancy Dube were third on 45 points.
“To us it’s really not about winning but it’s all about supporting the 20th session of the UNWTO General Assembly,” said Samuriwo.
The golf tournament was held to promote Victoria Falls as the destination of choice ahead of the UNWTO General Assembly that will be held jointly by Zimbabwe and Zambia from 24-29 August.
On the individual prizes, Mukono won the longest drive on hole nine while Winston Makamure, legendary Peter Ndlovu’s long time manager, had the longest drive on hole 18. Makamure however donated the prize back because he sponsored hole 18.
David Chahota won the nearest to the pin prize on hole two while Bernard Mushabaiwa was close on hole 15.
Stephen Simukai was close on hole 17.
Speaking before the prize giving ceremony, Vice President Mujuru expressed confidence that the message has been sent out and well received.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the message has been sent out, judging by the huge turnout and the large number of followers that most of you have on the social networks. Continue spreading the message about Zimbabwe through the social media,” said Vice President Mujuru.
Renowned musician Sulu Chimbetu, cricketer Hamilton Masakadza, motor racing driver Axcil Jeffries, five-time Soccer Star of the Year winner George Shaya, were among the dignitaries.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mujuru has called for the annual holding of the event in an effort to promote the country’s tourism destinations.
Chairman of the UNWTO organising committee Munesu Munodawafa who is also the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development, said in an interview on the sidelines of the prize giving ceremony that VP Mujuru wants the tournament to be an annual event.
“Her idea is that we have this event to promote tourist attractions in different parts of the country and as a committee we are taking her idea seriously,” said Munodawafa.
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