Open golf championships successful

| September 2, 2015

Metropolitan Francistown regional manager, Colleen Moses, has expressed delight with the number of golfers registered to participate in the just ended Metropolitan Northern open golf championship. Moses said this during Metropolitan Northern Open Golf Championship prize giving in Francistown over the weekend.

He appreciated players for registering in high numbers. He said due to a good number of supporters, the tournament became the main event in the Botswana Golf Club calendar. Member of Parliament for Francistown East constituency, Buti Billy said the tournament came at the right time as they wanted to transform the city.

He said Francistown’s Vision 2022, aimed at attracting direct foreign investment to the city and to promote joint partnership with business community.

Billy urged Botswana Golf Union (BGU) to partner with the Francistown council to develop their golf course to attract golfers around the globe, saying this would promote sports hence creating employment in Francistown. He said unemployment in Botswana was of great concern, therefore, if the course was developed it would also improve Francistown landscape.

He said he would lobby parliament for golf to be a recognised sport like any other. ‘If football is important, why not golf”, he said. He said he will also to lobby for golf to be taught at a grass roots level. For his part, BGU president, Simon Ramphetu acknowledged Metropolitan for sponsoring the tournament and organisers for making a tournament success. He said the tournament was well attended and noted that this was the first time in Francistown for golfers to be registered in high numbers.

All in all, 83 golfers registered and participated in the tournament.

On other issues, he said they were lagging behind in terms of meeting demand of infrastructure and of players “Nobody would like to see any of our customers leaving disgruntled that they did not play in a good course or they played until late”, he said. He said the council leased the course to Francistown club and immediately retained it again. He further said that a good partnership with members of the media helped to promote sport.

Metropolitan Northern open golf championship in woman’s category was won by Mosa Magowe of Jwaneng golf club.

Shane Granger of Selibe Phikwe Golf Club came second with a gross score of 152, Dion Frost of Francistown Golf Club came third with 155 gross score while Peter Podise of Francistown Golf Club came fourth with a 156 gross score.

In the B division, Noah Majube of Francistown Golf Club became the champion with 176, while Richard Mokoti from Lobatse Golf Club was runner-up with a 177 gross score. Francistown Golf Club, Mahwi Benjamin came third with 177 and Vincent Segokgo of Selibe Phikwe Golf Club came fourth with 178.

In the C division, Mack Kabudi of Francistown Golf Club came first with a 173 gross score and his runner-up was Thato Kebotse of Francistown Golf Club with 175 gross score while Ashan Kunda of Francistown Golf Club came third with a gross score of 176.

The two day tournament was played on Saturday and Sunday over 36 holes. Metropolitan Botswana sponsored the golf championships to the tune of P100 000.

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