By NDINAWE SIMPELWE -
THE Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) has expressed concern over the poor performance of local golfers during the Zambia Open tournaments every year.
To help mitigate this, SCZ will in February next year hold a fundraising golf tournament aimed at raising money to support top professional and amateur golfers prepare for the Zambia Open.
SCZ vice-chairperson Emmanuel Katebe confirmed that it had become a source of concern for the council to see how local golfers fail to fight for honours at the annual Zambia Open tournament.
He said the council would do everything to help Zambian golfers compete favorably next year.
“It is a big concern that we have not produced a winner of our own tournament. We want to help the golfers in any way they are lacking to see to it that they win the tournament,” Katebe said.
From inception, no Zambian golfer has won the Zambia Open which has been dominated by South Africans.
Katebe said SCZ in partnership with the Professional Golfers Association of Zambia (PGAZ), would host a fundraising tournament on February 4 at the Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe.
The fundraiser which will be a Pro-Am where top Zambian amateurs will be battle with local professional golfers was initially set for December 17 this year.
“The event is aimed at raising funds which will go to among other things, support sports development programs of our affiliated associations, infrastructure development, support the professional and top amateur golfers in preparing for the forthcoming 2017 Zambia open,” he said.
He has asked the corporate world and other partners to come on board and help sponsor the tournament.
He said the tournament would be played as a Pro-Am event where entry fee for three golfers has been pegged at K2,000.