OVER 150 professional and amateur golfers today will have a feel of the Lusaka Golf Club to tee-off the Airtel Pro-Am that precedes the start of the 2014 Zambia Sugar Open tournament on Thursday.

Today’s Pro-Am is one of the two that the tournament will host as amateurs get the chance to rub shoulders with renowned professional golfers from across the world.

Local fans will have an eye on the Zambian golfers, especially the professionals, as they seek to improve their performance following a disappointing outing during the Mopani Zambia Open in Kitwe.

From the local golfers that took part in the Mopani Open last month, only Dayne Moore made the cut though he could not challenge for the main prize as South African, Wallie Coetsee, won it.

Zambia Golf Union president, Charles Mwanza, observed that the local players needed psychological preparedness to make a grade at big tournaments.

Zambia will be represented by professionals Madalitso Muthiya, Patrick Mwendapole, Stephen Mbewe and Dayne Moore among others, while the amateurs expected to take part include Raj Sharna, Timothy Sondashi and Peter Munyinya.

The second Pro-Am will tee off tomorrow before the main Open on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Zambia Sugar Open chairman, Roy Penney, said he was pleased to have the opportunity to lead the inaugural Zambia Sugar Open which is the latest tournament on the Sunshine Tour.

He thanked the sponsors for making the tournament possible, adding that the golfers owed them a good tournament.
“As you may know, the sponsorship by Zambia Sugar Plc is a three-year programme and one which can have an immense positive impact on golf in general in Zambia. I say this as part of the funds raised will benefit golf for the youth of Zambia and that is one of our primary objectives,” Penney said during the chairman’s cocktail last night.

Story by Ndinawe Simpelwe

The Post Newspaper.