By Ray Bande in NYANGA
Former Hillside Golf Club player Maxwell Nyabvure outplayed a field of more than 30 golfers to win the inugural Montclair Invitational Golf Tournament held at the nine hole Claremont golf course in Nyanga yesterday.
The Claremont golfer, who amassed 37 points on day one of the Individual Stableford on Friday, scooped pole position ahead of Fainah Bungare who settled for second position with a tally of 33.
Jane Salimo was third with 21 points.
Bungare partnered Chipo Magadzire on day two of the tournament on Sunday the duo snatched the coveted first position with 42 points.
Montclair general manager, Brian seasoned golfer, Martin Nyaundi were in second position after amassing 39 points while the duo of Langston Govinder and Anwar Wazi were counted out to third with the 39 points.
Apart from the amateurs who took to the Claremont golf course for the two day event, proffessional golfers John Sigaba, Elijah Davison and Jessy Nyakatawa also graced the event.
The theme of the event was: “Bringing brands together”.
Nyakutombwa expressed satisfaction with the high standards of the inugural edition of the event.
“The tournament went on very well and I must say I am very impressed because this is the first time we are hosting this event.
The whole idea being that Montclair Hotel and Casino brought together organisations that it does business with, that it wishes to do business with so that they come together to play golf as well as create networks and conclude deals.
Over 30 players came through and as an inugural edition , it really went on well.
The attendance of a few professional golfers who were here helped us a lot since they assisted in logistical arrangements as well advising on some elements of the competition. We are looking forward to a bigger and better event next time we will be hosting this event,” he said.
Nyakutombwa thanked corporate partners that helped to make the event a resounding success. The companies include leading diversified media group – Zimpapers.
Through one of its publications, Business Weekly, Zimpapers sponsored some prizes that were won by some of the participants.
Business Weekly editor Herbert Zharare said: “We decided as Business Weekly that we divert from the norm in journalism where we just report on Who said What but to actively participate in economic development.
We want to revolutionalise the way the media operate. So we have been doing a lot of functions. This Montclair Invitational Gold Tournament is one of the many functions we have attended.
“We have attended it in a unique way. We want to partner business in development and create that mutual and symbiotic relationship with business. Hence the decision to give awards for this tournament. Yes the award are not very expensive but they will stimulate a good relationship between us and the business community.
“For example we gave them accommodation vouchers at Montclair and we have also given the gadgets in the form of tablets that will enable the winners to access our products as Zimpapers,” he said. The golfers also got free subscriptions of Zimpapers Publications and regalia.