Golf Sport

Todd applauds junior developmental programmes

SUNSHINE Tour director Gary Todd is impressed with the junior developmental programme the Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) has initiated.
Todd, who inspected Lusaka Golf Club on Thursday ahead of the Zambia Sugar Open Championship set for April 21 to 24, lauded ZGU for prioritising junior developmental programmes.
He pledged Sunshine Tour’s support to ZGU as the national golf body endeavours to develop the game at junior level.
The Sunshine Tour periodically donates golf balls to academies as part of its support to developmental programmes.
“I am impressed with the juniors’ programme. It is very encouraging. It is a good initiative. We supply golf balls to academies for young stars,” Todd said.
And ZGU president Jason Kazilimani said junior golf development is priority for Zambia.
Kazilimani said the union gets a certain percentage of the money raised for the Zambia Open Championship every year which goes to developmental programmes.
The Zambia Open organising committees also pay sanction fees to ZGU.
“The money we get from the Zambia Open organising committees goes to fund juniors, international engagements and other developmental programmes,” Kazilimani said.
He also thanked Government for the support rendered to ZGU.
The Konkola Copper Mines Zambia Open Golf Championship is billed for Nchanga Golf Club in Chingola in May this year.
Meanwhile, 120 amateurs and 40 professionals are expected to participate in the two Pro-Ams prior to the Zambia Sugar Open Championship.
Zambia Sugar, who are the sponsors of the Zambia Open Golf Championship, will sponsor one Pro-Am while the sponsor for the first Pro-Am is yet to be announced.

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