Golf Tournament of Champions launched

09 Sep 2016 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 09 SEP (NAMPA) – The Windhoek Golf and Country Club (WGCC) on Wednesday launched the Tournament of Champions at its club house in the capital.
The tournament and WGCC Medal Championship are part of a series of competitions that take place over the entire year and culminate in a match between two teams led by club captain and club chairperson, respectively on 12 and 13 November 2016 in a mixed-match play format to determine the team champions for the year.
The tournament of champions was conceived late last year, WGCC Club Captain Corneels Jafta said at a media briefing here on Wednesday.
“Every golf club needs to have a monthly medal competition… At the same time medal play can be a bit difficult, hence we re-conceptualised the idea of monthly medal play to include competition and fun in a single match rather than being competitive all the time,” he explained.
The monthly medley consists of eight events with players choosing to play either medal or stableford format. The player with the most points in the medal format at the end of the series will be crowned Windhoek Lager Medal Champion of the year.
Jafta said this helps improve participation, as one can choose what to play, but for one to be considered for the Champion of Champions, they have to take part in at least five of the eight monthly medleys.
Ian Stevenson of Namibia Breweries Limited said they are happy to be part of the golf family.
The company is the main sponsor of the golf club, the tournament of champions as well as the club’s centenary celebrations through its Windhoek Lager beer brand.
“It was very easy for us when we were approached to sponsor golf because Namibia Breweries celebrated 500 years of Reinheitsgebot which is the Bavarian law of brewing beer. Namibia Breweries will also be turning 100 years in three years’ time so it’s a very good partnership,” Stevenson said.
At the same occasion, the WGCC launched its 100 years of existence with a number of events planned for a week-long celebration from 12 to 18 November.
These celebrations include golf tournaments, exhibitions, comedy and musical performances.
The WGCC was established in 1916, but the exact date is not known.