SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
TWENTY-SEVEN Zambian golfers have been awarded certificates as certified trainers after attending a Regional Train the Trainer golf coaching course
at Lusaka Golf Club.
The course, which was sponsored by Royal and Ancient of St Andrews of Scotland, was aimed at growing the sport across the country.
Course facilitator Cathy Riley said in an interview in Lusaka on Friday that the course is beneficial for Zambia because participants will work to train upcoming golfers.
“The trainers will also work to perfect all the amateur golfers. I believe this will continue with the development of golf at junior level. I foresee a lot of young golfers from Zambia turning professional and taking part at international golf tournaments like the American PGA tour and the South African Sunshine tour,” she said.
And Zambia Junior Golf Association director Chongo Kasongole said the trainers will go to schools to identify talent and later mould young boys and girls into professional golfers.
“We want to increase the number of golfers around the country. Our hope is that by 2030 we will have credible young golfers to compete at international tournaments. We think the time to tap talent is now.
“I expect all the participants that attended the course to go out there and roll out what they have learnt to create a good pool of players from primary and secondary schools as well as at the tertiary level,” Kasongole said.
Meanwhile, a participant, Patrick Mwendapole, commended Royal and Ancient for organising the course.