19 Nov 2015 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 NOV (NAMPA) Â– The third edition of the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Championship was launched here on Wednesday with the addition of a womenÂ’s category for the first time.
The 2015-2016 series will commence at the Windhoek Country Club this Saturday and Sunday, with the second part slated for Rossmund just outside Swakopmund on 05 December. The Central Open will be played in the middle of March next.
The Namibia Open takes place in April 2016 and the final event of the series will be held from 22 to 25 June 2016 at a venue to be announced later.
From this year onwards, each participating country has to nominate four existing tournaments in their countries and link them as qualifiers to determine who will participate in the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket final in Namibia.
On the inclusion of women for the first time, president of the Namibia Amateur Ladies Golf Union (NALGU) Thea Groenewald said: Â“Women sports worldwide always seems to take a back seat, and to be invited to this event in only its third year displays the commitment shown by Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) and Windhoek Lager to follow the policy of being inclusive of all and sundry, and in this particular case, to include us womenÂ”. The idea of the inclusion of women in this championship was suggested by the Deputy Minister of Sports Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero last year.
NBL is sponsoring the championship.
The competition is aimed at increasing the interest all golfers competing in three different divisions - A division handicaps up to nine; B division handicaps from 10-16; and C division handicaps from 17-24.
Speaking at the same launch ceremony, Vice-President of the Namibia Amateur Golf Union (NAGU) Hafeni Nginamwaami said the number of golfers participating in the NAGU events was declining, but since linking the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Championship to these events, there has been a definite increase in participation numbers; Â“it has given our golfers a renewed reason for participatingÂ”.
The maiden edition in 2013 only had five participating countries Â– Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe - and the second edition witnessed the addition of Swaziland, Kenya, Uganda Tanzania and Seychelles.
In 2013, Mwalikwa Sondashi of Zambia won, while the 2014 edition was scooped by Zimbabwe's Stuart Krog.