THE Zambia Golf Union has successfully staged the Pro-Am Zambia Open without stress or scandal for several decades, and for that the organisation deserves more than a pat on the back, but what has been of concern which no one has really highlighted is the success rate of Zambians in the tournament.
This aspect raises questions on whether ZGU has a programme to promote junior golf so as to lay a foundation and base of a good future.
Apart from Madaliso Muthiya, Michael Chilula and Tina Nawa, the turnover of young players coming through the ranks does not match the success rate that the annual Zambia Open has enjoyed.
ZGU should engage its affiliates such as Chainama, Chipata, Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola and Nchanga golf clubs to have in place programmes and events that will attract and develop junior golf.
We cannot continue year in, year out giving away the championship trophy to foreign competitors. it is about time that this changed, and Zambian golfers should go to events like the Sunshine tour and return with something to write home about.
It is about time golf clubs raised the bar from being mere business and social meeting points to being sports result producing centres.
Corporate bodies like Zambia Sugar Company which have decided against sponsoring the Zambia Golf Open would probably be more inclined to developmental and junior golf which would be in line with their corporate social responsibility.
The entire ZGU should ponder and think about this seriously and strategise beyond hosting successful events.
Concerned golf fan