By FELIX MALUNGA
PREPARATIONS for the 2014 All Africa Junior Golf Challenge swing gets into top gear this week with the unveiling of an organising committee to spearhead Chainama Hills Golf Club’s resolve to stage a memorable event.
Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) handed Chainama the rights to host Africa’s most prestigious junior golf tournament in April. Chainama president, Welani Chilengwe said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the club would be unveiling its organising committee tomorrow, effectively signalling the start of real work for the tournament.
Chilengwe said the organising committee would consist of seasoned administrators and prominent golfers who would steer the preparations for the event that was returning to Zambia for the first time since 2003.
He said one of the challenges the committee would have to deal with was to raise a K350, 000 budget for the continental junior golf showpiece.
Chilengwe said Chainama was up to the task in the fundraising drive for the event last staged on home soil by Nchanga Golf Club in Chingola.
The former ZGU vice-president South said the club was hopeful the corporate world would come on board in ensuring Chainama organised the most successful event.
He also said preparations at the clubhouse had already started and that it was Chainama’s resolve to raise it to international standards. The All Africa Junior Challenge will be a 72 holes stroke play format over four days.
The Chainama president said the clubhouse would be repainted before concentration shifts to the golf course which was still in good shape.
“We are repainting the whole clubhouse and then concentrate on the golf course which is already in good condition. 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 added.
South Africa are the defending champions with Zimbabwe being the 2013 silver medalists while Zambia made golf history last year by minting bronze during the event staged at Le Touessrok Golf Course in Port Louis, Mauritius.