The recent Makgadikgadi golf open registered a good number of participanmts.
Speaking in an interview at the end of the Botswana Ash sponsored tourney, the president of Botsana Golf Union (BGU), Simon Ramphethu explained that despite the challenges of the course not being bearable to some players, they managed to see an increase from last year’s tourney.
He said they had less than 50 players last year and this year they had over 75 including young players.
He noted that this was a huge development as they had the best players in the junior and national teams at the tourney, adding that in most cases players shied away from soil courses preferring the grass ones.
He also asserted that they had seen an increase in the number of sponsors for the tourney as this year they had among others, Nashua and Avis coming on board.
The president nonetheless noted that because of the growth they experienced, they needed to make improvements with regard to the course so that it accommodated a large number of players taking part, adding that the course proved to be too small for the players that came this year.
In addition, he said, just like in the past tourneys, almost all clubs came to the challenge amongst them Gaborone, Jwaneng, Orapa, Selebi Phikwe, Francistown and Kasane including players from Palapye, who came for the first time.
Meanwhile, the defending champion, Peter Podise of Francistown Golf club, who has been the champion for the past years made it again as he defended his title under the A division category.
In the ladies category, last year’s champion Ntando Ramphethu came second to national team player Oanami Mhotsha of Gaborone club, who became the overall winner.
From the Makgadikgadi Open, the clubs will be heading to Kasane for Mowana Open, which will be held a weekend before the Presidential holidays in July.
Source : BOPA