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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association’s Annual Fundraiser

9 Oct, 2012
The Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association’s Annual Fundraiser scheduled for this Friday
at Wingate is on the brink of being canceled due to lack of teams! I am writing this
mail to appeal to the golfing community to please support this worthy cause and
enter a team, sponsor a hole or even purchase a $10 raffle ticket that can win you 2
return airline tickets to any Kenya Airways destination. 
The volunteers that make up the Zimbabwe Junior Golf Committee work very hard and
put in countless hours, dollars and effort to run a really, really good junior golf
program. Weekly coaching clinics are held which introduce new children to the game
as well as help to improve the technique of existing players. We also run 18 hole
competitions during the school term and in the holidays which are geared to teach
the youngsters basic rules, etiquette and how to score a card properly. There are a
series of major 36 and 72 hole tournaments played each school holidays that  count
towards a national junior order of merit. The best players are rewarded with the
opportunity to play international tournaments and obtain golf scholarships in USA.
Zimbabwe Junior Golf is growing in numbers and the standards are improving. A
testament to the level our juniors are getting to was shown off last week at the
Eisenhower World Amateur Team Championships in Turkey, where the Zimbabwe team came
tie 17th out of 72 countries beating countries like Ireland, Scotland, South Africa
and a host of other European, Asian, South American countries. Two of the three team
members (Scott Vincent and Ray Badenhorst) graduated from the junior ranks last year
and are currently on golf scholarship in USA. 
Golf is the only sport that Zimbabwe has ever produced a world number 1. Every
golfer in the country would get such a boost of excitement every time Nick Price
contended for a major or won a tournament on the PGA tour. Brendan De Jonge is
having a similar effect currently with his great efforts on the PGA tour. Both of
these great players are products of Zimbabwe Junior Golf.
Zimbabwe Junior Golf does not receive income from affiliation fees like the senior
golfing bodies, we rely purely on fundraising efforts. Finance is needed to not only
keep the existing program going, but to grow and improve Zimbabwe Junior Golf
further. What has been so disappointing to me this year is the lack of support of
our efforts from the business and golfing community. Last month the Zimbabwe Junior
Golf Committee held a cocktail party inviting over ninety businessmen. A
professionally put together slideshow detailing our current efforts and future plans
was presented. Less than half of the invited guests turned up and only one company
has made a contribution so far! Our golf day targeting the golfing community has so
far attracted 6 teams, 3 of which have been entered by committee members! 
I am afraid for the future of Zimbabwe Junior Golf. It is getting to a stage where
the committee members including myself are getting disheartened as it is becoming
increasingly difficult and frustrating to financially keep junior golf going. If we
do not raise 15 teams by Wednesday the fundraiser will be canceled and leave
Zimbabwe Junior Golf in financial crisis.
In summary I am making a final bid to save our fundraising golf day. Our team of
dedicated people who put so much in to keep Zimbabwe Junior Golf alive and growing,
once a year surly deserve your support. If you are able to raise a team for $160 or
are willing to sponsor a hole for $100, please could you e mail Cath Riley on or myself at either baylisgolf@gmail .com or
Many thanks for your consideration.
Yours faithfully,
Mike Baylis
President Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association

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