AMATEUR golfers will today get an opportunity to mingle with professionals as the Airtel Pro-Am tees off at Lusaka Golf Club. The Airtel-sponsored event is the first of the two Pro-Ams preceding the main Zambia Sugar Open Championship scheduled to tee off this Thursday.
Vice-President Guy Scott’s wife Charlotte is tomorrow scheduled to take part in the Zambia Sugar Pro-Am.
Charlotte, who has been drawn for the afternoon session, is on the first tee at 11:10 hours alongside Pravin Patel, Virendra Desai and the only professional Ulrich van den Berg.
Zambian professionals Dayne Moore, Madalitso Muthiya, Patrick Mwendapole and Michael Chiluba will be up in arms with amateurs in today’s Airtel Pro-Am as they intensify preparations for the main Zambia Sugar Open Championship.
“The Pro-Am is an opportunity for professionals to interact with amateurs, and time allowing, these pros do give tips to amateurs they are playing with and this goes a long way for amateurs to get lessons from pros who, ordinarily, you don’t get a chance to play with,” Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) vice-president (South) Innocent Chalabesa said.
Among the foreign professionals expected to take part in today’s Airtel Pro-Am include South Africans Steven Farreira, Toto Thimba Junior, Scott Bailey, Francois Coetzee and Shaun Smith.
Meanwhile, foreign players have arrived for the Zambia Sugar Open Championship. Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open champion Wallie Coetzee was expected in the country last night while former Zambia Open champion Justin Harding is scheduled to arrive today.
The last group of foreign players is expected in the country tomorrow.
Sunshine Tour director Gary Todd has given Lusaka Golf Club a nod to host the Zambia Sugar Open, which is the newest tournament on the Sunshine Tour.
“The fact that we have got two events in Zambia, one in the financial capital Lusaka and one on the Copperbelt where the mining industry is huge is fantastic for golf in this area. The ZGU, organising committee from both ends and Zambia Sugar need to be commended in getting these two events off the ground,” Todd said.
Story by DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO
Zambia Daily Mail