Zimbabwe’s unique golf tournament the Mutupo/Isibongo Golf Tournament which celebrates the country’s diverse cultural identity returns this year with three sponsors anchoring it’s course with two tournaments this month in Norton and Bulawayo.
Started in in 2021, the unique golf tournament which is played by teams based on their totems, has three new sponsors Surrey Group, Proton Bakeries and Lake Harvest.
Tournament director Ephraim Mashingaidze said they will have two tournaments this year with one at Norton Golf Club on 19 November and another one at Harry Allen Golf Club in Bulawayo on 26 November before making a full return on the local golfing calendar next year.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to Surrey Group, Proton Bakeries and Lake Harvest for their support in promoting the Mutupo/Isibongo brand and also promoting Zimbabwe’s cultural diversity,” Mashingaidze said.
“The number of golfers on our database is increasing and we want to grow this brand even further going forward as we are having inquiries from people in the diaspora. We also intend to have tournaments in the diaspora in future as there are a lot of Zimbabweans interested in this tournament rooted in our heritage. This is not only about golf but also about networking, cultural and sports tourism.”
Surrey Group Marketing and Sales Manager Ranganayi Zihumo said they decided to be part of the Mutupo/Isibongo Golf Tournament because they believe that it’s a platform for enhancing business.
“Golf is unique sport for enhancing business but the Mutupo/Isibongo concept is even more unique in that it brings out our deep rooted heritage of how we relate and interact which makes it even more conducive for business interactions. We see it as a fertile platform to market our products and services,” Zihumo said.
Proton Bakeries Chief Sales Officer
Daniel Chipato said the tournament cuts across all sectors of the society and they feel obliged to play a part.
“Proton Bakeries has over the years been the leading company in providing the best service to the market and just like the Mutupo/Isibongo brand which cuts across all the sectors of the society, we are also found everywhere in terms of our services and products. This tournament provides us with an opportunity to unveil a niche brand visibility, product promotion for Proton Bakeries,”said Chipato.
Shadreck Munaka, the Retail Operations Manager for Lake Harvest believes the tournament avails them with an opportunity to grow their brand and reach out to potential customers.
“This is a national tournament that will see golfers from different parts of the country converging, so it’s a platform for us to increase our visibility. As Lake Harvest, we value sport as a tool for brand visibility and we are glad to be partnering Mutupo/Isibongo brand through this tournament as we are also anchored in the people,” Munaka said.
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