Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
PROFESSIONAL golfer Gary Thompson has been elected the new Zimbabwe Professional Golfers Association president and held his first executive meeting yesterday at Royal Harare. The former television personality will have Roy da Costa as the vice-president, William Lake the treasurer with Simon Murungweni among the board members. The executive will replace the one that was led by Day Muyambo who was elevated after the resignation of Tongo Charamba last year.
Speaking after yesterday’s meeting, Thompson said they were looking forward to a new chapter in Zimbabwe’s professional golf. “We are happy that we have been given the opportunity to revive the sport and we hope to do as much as we can to see that the sport is back on its feet,” he said.
“The professional golfers were divided among players and races and I believe that will be a thing of the past as we call for unity among all parties. “We would like to bring back a good image for the association so that the sponsors can come on board and our partners can have confidence in us.
“Zimbabwe has so much talent, but it is suppressed by lack of game time, we have good players like Scott Vincent who is proving that barely 18 months after he turned professional.
“The youngster is composed and has a good attitude on and off the course which saw him make his first European Tour cut at the weekend in Mauritius. “We can have more of those players if we have unity of purpose.”
The Royal Harare professional believes the team that was put in place can bring results. “We are going to work hard and the team we have put in place have the potential to do well as they have experience, Lake was in the previous board and his experience will be helpful.
“Our aim is to see professional golfers earning a living through the sport,” said Thompson.