NKANA Golf Club has been handed the right to host the Zambia Open Golf Championship next year with Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) increasing the tournament prize money to US$300,000.
This signifies an upward adjustment of US$50,000 from this year’s US$250, 000.
Mopani chief executive officer Danny Callow announced during the 2014 Zambia Open Golf Championship closing speech in Kitwe on Sunday that the mining firm has partnered with Redpath Mining to sponsor the 2015 edition.
“The achievements made in the Zambia Open 2014 golf tournament have made Mopani very proud as title sponsors. We have therefore agreed to partner with Redpath to sponsor the prize money for the Zambia Open 2015 golf tournament to a tune of US$300,000,” Callow said in a speech read for him by MCM chief operations officer Johan Jansen.
“The Minister of Sport [Chishimba Kambwili] has already supported our bid to bring the tournament back to Nkana Golf Club next year. We have no doubt that the Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) will support us too.
“This is to accord the club an opportunity to fully utilise the newly refurbished infrastructure and get the full benefits of hosting this event.”
Mopani spent about US$2 million to renovate and upgrade the club house and also refurbish the course to international standards.
And ZGU agreed to MCM’s proposal for Nkana to host the championship next year. Union president Charles Mwanza said Nkana Golf Club was awarded the rights to host the tournament next year because of the tremendous work done towards the staging of this year’s event.
Africa Golf Confederation (AGC) has honoured Callow and four others with certificates of recognition for the commitment shown to develop golf.
AGC president Joel Malanji conferred honours on Callow, Nkana Golf Club captain Elario Musonda, Zambia Open Organising Committee chairman Emmanuel Mutati, and funding chairman Phil Harold.
“For the commitment shown to the development of golf, I am satisfied to honour these people with certificates of recognition for their works,” Malanji said.
He also extended the honour to former Kitwe mayor Chileshe Bweupe for supporting the staging of the event in the town.
Meanwhile, Mr Mutati has applauded the ZGU for showing confidence in Nkana Golf Club.
Story by CHISHALA MUSONDA
Zambia Daily Mail.