The Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) yesterday held a strategic planning workshop at the Chapman Golf Club in the capital to realign its goals, review its position, performance and potential among other critical issues.

The strategic planning workshop was undertaken with guidance of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) which facilitated the discussions.

The workshop reviewed ZGA’s position, performance, challenges and potential among other issues and will culminate in a strategic plan to map the way forward.

All the national associations affiliated to the ZGA including the Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association (ZJGA), Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union (ZLGU) and the Zimbabwe Professional Golfers Association (ZPGA) and other stakeholders were part of the review process in the capital.

ZGA president Mufaro Chivonovoni paid tribute to all stakeholders for keeping the sport alive and in the limelight despite economic challenges.

ZJGA team manager and administrator Simon Chigorimbo said like any organisation it was vital for ZGA to continually and periodically evaluate itself.

Shumba Golf Society secretary-general Eric Piki said it was critical that the athletes be at the core of every sport.

ZGA has over 7 800 registered players and 39 playable golf courses countrywide.

Issues which came under discussion during the workshop include leadership, building strategic relationships, strategic planning and effective and innovative programme development initiatives and delivery among other things by Zimbabwean golf stakeholders for achieving golf excellence.

The workshop comes at a time when the ZGA registered some successes and significant achievements including the return of the Zimbabwe Open Golf Tournament, the All Africa Team Golf Challenge in Victoria Falls and the All Africa Junior Golf Challenge.

Golf returned to the Olympics for the first time in more than 100 years in 2016 in Rio and was also approved to be part of the 2020 games.

ZGA looks forward to building upon the success of golf’s return to the Rio 2016 Olympic games and working with the International Golf Federation to create a memorable experience for Zimbabwean athletes and fans and a lasting legacy for golf.