By FELIX MALUNGA
NCHANGA and Ndola on Sunday took giant steps towards qualifying for the 2014 National Quadrangular Golf Championship finals after winning their respective regional second leg matches.
Playing at Roan Antelope Golf Club in Luanshya, Nchanga led by captain Emmanuel Mali took an unassailable 121 points over two legs after posting 56 in Sunday’s Triangular event.
Chibuluma squeezed into distant second on 50 points while a combined team of Roan and Konkola are third on 39 points.
Nchanga, who were national runners-up to Chilanga last year, will now need just two points from the third leg to qualify to the Quadrangular finals set for Mazabuka Golf Club.
At Ndola Golf Club, the hosts took charge of the group after opening a slender six-point advantage of arch rivals, Nkana.
Ndola shot to the summit of their regional Triangular event after carding 51 points from 18 matches, increasing their tally over two legs to 81. The Ndola team got their points through Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) vice-chairperson, Emmanuel Katebe, Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) president, Charles Mwanza and Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) committee member, Pivoty Simwanza.
Others were club captain, Humphrey Mutambo, immediate-past captain, Sangulukani Tembo, Derrys Tongwaa, Jason Taylor, Actor Kaambwa, Charles Chibale, Kelvin Chibuye and Shiraz Mirza. Nkana, whose points tally improved to 75, grabbed their points through Africa Golf Confederation president, Joe Malanji, ZGU honorary secretary, Kelly Munsaka, NFCA Chambishi chief executive officer, Wang Chun Lai, former captain, Serge Kabaso, Mwila Mwango Jnr, Matengere Kaira, Danny Kangwa and Professor Shumba among several others.
Mufulira led by ZGU vice-president, North Moses Chitoshi dropped to the tail of the chart on 60 points after only collecting 14 in Ndola on Sunday. Nkana will host the final leg in two weeks.
Meanwhile, the ZGU is yet to set dates for the inaugural Summer Zambia Open Golf Championship to be hosted in Lusaka.
Munsaka said ZGU was still making consultations with various stakeholders in the tournament that include Sunshine Tour of South Africa before coming up with appropriate dates.
The ZGU honorary secretary, however, assured the golfing fraternity that the Summer Zambia Open would be held and that it was just a matter of setting the dates for the event.
Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe will host the Mopani Copper Mines 2014 Zambia Open Championship, which is on the Sunshine Tour’s winter swing, in May.