Golf Sport

Nkana to host Zambia Open

DIANA CHIPEPO, Lusaka
NKANA Golf Club will host the 2017 Zambia Open Golf Championship.
The tournament was initially set for Nchanga Golf Club with Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) as title sponsors but the mining firm pulled out due to unforeseen circumstances.
Both Nkana Golf Club captain Philemon Mwale and Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) secretary Kelly Munsaka confirmed the development in separate interviews yesterday.
Mwale said his club has been given the rights to host the Sunshine Tours- sanctioned tour tournament after the KCM-sponsored event at Nchanga Golf Club fell through.
He said the club would soon unveil the title sponsors and the Local Organising Committee (LOC).
“We have been granted the hosting rights for the Zambia Open Championship and we have set May 29 to June 4 as the tentative date for the competition. Right now we are organising ourselves and we will soon unveil the local organising committee as well as title sponsors for the event,” he said.
Mwale said the tournament has since received overwhelming response from a consortium of corporate firms.
“We came in as an emergency after what happened to the initial tournament that is why we need concerted effort to ensure the event is successfully held. We have a lot of corporates willing to come on board,” Mwale said.
And Munsaka said Nkana would be given enough time to organise the tournament.
“I can confirm that the tournament will still go ahead except the hosting club has changed to Nkana and the title sponsors have also been found. The club is still organising itself and the committee will soon be put in place,” he said.
Nkana hosted the 2014 and 2015 tournaments.
Meanwhile, a total of 13 countries have confirmed participation in the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five tournament set for April 10 to 14.
Munsaka named the countries as hosts Zambia, defending champions South Africa, Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Mauritius and Lesotho.

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