By FELIX MALUNGA –
CHAINAMA Hills Golf Club has expressed excitement with Zambia Golf Union’s (ZGU) decision to accord the Lusaka-based club the rights to host the 2014 All Africa Junior Challenge in April.
However, club president Welani Chilengwe is aware of Chainama’s mammoth task of raising a budget of about K350,000 to stage Africa’s most prestigious junior golf championship which is returning to Zambia for the first time since 2003.
Chilengwe said Chainama was up to the task and would soon unveil its organising committee to spearhead the fundraising drive for the event last staged on home soil by Nchanga Golf Club in Chingola.
He said in an interview in Ndola at the weekend that the club was hopeful that the corporating partners and the business community would come on board in ensuring Chainama organised the most successful event.
“Unofficially, I have been informed by ZGU that we may be looking for funds in the region of K350, 000 to host this event. We do hope that our usual corporating partners and business houses will come on board to host this prestigious tournament at Chainama Hills Golf Club, that’s the academy of golf,” he said.
Chilengwe, who is former ZGU vice-president South, said Chainama would soon put in place an organising committee consisting prominent golfers and administrators to help raise the necessary funds for the tournament.
“We will also be putting in place an organising committee of prominent golfers and administrators to help us raise the necessary funds that may be required to host a tournament of this magnitude and importance.
Very soon, the captain of the club will be unveiling this organising committee in conjunction with ZGU after we’ve had internal discussions and we have put the team in place.
“We’ve talked to a few individuals of course and they are all willing to come on board. But once we conclude our internal discussions, we will be able to unveil this team,” Chilengwe said.
He also said preparations at the clubhouse had already started and that it was Chainama’s resolve to raise it to international standards.
The Chainama president said the clubhouse would be repainted before concentration shifts to the golf course which was still in good shape.
He, however, said special attention would be given to hole number 16 which was a bit problematic in the rainy season.
“But we have to pay particular attention to hole number 16, which gives quite a problem during the rainy season. We have a strategy for it, we’ve got a plan in place to deepen the drainage area on the left of fairway as you approach it from the tee box and ensure the water goes to the dam, away from the tee box,” he said.
Chainama will also be closing the gaps created by trespassers on the golf course.