By MOSES CHIMFWEMBE -
NDOLA Golf Club has been picked to host the prestigious 2014 Zambia Ladies Golf Open tournament slated for March 28-30.
This comes after the Zambia Ladies Golf Union (ZLGU) nominated Ndola to host the first ever visit to the country by the South African Women PGA Sunshine Tour.
Zambia Open Organising Committee chairperson Alex Mashano told journalists in Ndola yesterday that the development was special in that 2014 was the Golden Jubilee year for the ZLGU.
Mashano said the tournament would gobble K500,000 that would go towards prizes, travel and accommodation expenses for the Sunshine officials for the pre-tournament meetings and inspection of the course and during the tournament.
He said other costs would include clubhouse and course renovations and improvements to meet international standards.
Ndola Golf Club had since appointed a high powered committee to spearhead the preparations and the logistics ahead of the international event.
Mashano said his committee that comprises Ndola Golf Club and ZLGU members possess vast experience in organising tournaments and would be seeking a title and Pro-Ams sponsors both locally and internationally.
“Work on the course has started in earnest and the course is very playable at this time of the year. We appeal to the sponsors, large and small, to support us in this venture either in cash or in kind.
The organising committee feels greatly humbled to be tasked to deliver this first ever ladies Open and we hope it will be the catalyst to produce the first ever Lady Zambian golfer in the not too distant future,” he said.
The committee has Tara Allin as vice chairperson, Ron Bouverie, Andries Scott, Julie Sakala, Clavel Nguluta, Brian Shone, Colleen Bouverie, Percy Ng’andwe and Carol Day.
Others are Ian Robinson, Sangulukani Tembo, Terrence Findlay, Sue McMannus, Humphrey Mutambo, Moono Mwila and Wayne Bouverie.
Meanwhile, Mashano said the club has gone into full gear in organising local fundraising tournaments with a cross country golf tournament billed for January 19 that is expected to raise K25,000.