Zambia Sugar Open tournament director Dan Zwiebel handed over 3500 golf balls in aid of Zambian golf development at Lusaka Golf Club.
“The Sunshine Tour wants to boost the golfing infrastructure in Zambia, and these balls will go a long way towards giving juniors the chance to practice,” explained Zwiebel.
Saskia Roesnik (pictured) received the balls on behalf of Zambia Junior Golf Development and was thrilled that the young guns had extra equipment.
“We appreciate it, because golf balls always disappear,” she laughed. “Our junior programme is picking up nicely and more balls means that we can attract more children.”
The country is focused on building golfing talent, and this year 25 spots at the Zambia Sugar Open were kept to allow Zambian amateur and junior golfers the chance to compete in their national open.
“I am a junior facilitator and last year we had a fantastic junior open, which picked up plenty of sponsors. We are approaching schools and aiming to give more children access to golf,” she explained.
“We have a juniors’ afternoon every Friday and we take the youngsters onto the driving range and then host a putting competition, but we want to improve on our programme and its methods.”
The balls, supplied by Titleist Africa, will be shared between the junior golf programmes at Lusaka and Chainama Hills Golf Clubs. “This stock will be shared between us and Chainama, who also have a good junior programme. We’re working hard to up our game, and this goes a long way to helping us,” Roesnik added.
The Sunshine Tour also donated a hole cutter to Lusaka Golf Club, which was gratefully accepted by club vice-captain Yusuf Patel.