Guest Contributor | Apr 20, 2017 | 0
Zambian golfer clinches Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket
Zambian golfer, Aaron Simfukwe become the second from his country to win the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Tournament, an event on the sports calendar that is being followed very closely by golfers from near and far.
In its third consecutive year, the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Tournament took place last week, and according to O&L it has proven to be even more competitive.
The winner of the very first tournament in 2014 was Zambian, Mailkwa Sondashi. NBL Managing Director, Wessie van der Westhuizen said, “Most special for me about the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Tournament, is the fact that through this initiative Namibia has taken the lead in expanding and developing golf in Africa”.
Launched in five countries in 2013 which include Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the first final of the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Championship was played in June 2014 at the Windhoek Golf and Country Club.Ian Stevenson, NBL Global Sponsorship & Events Manager said, “All these countries testified to how this initiative has driven more golfers to participate in their local events linked to the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Championship. And in just one year, the number of participating countries increased to ten, bringing on board Swaziland, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the Seychelles. On June the 20th last year, we saw the second Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Championship finals take place.”
Mauritius was added to the list of participating countries in 2016. Van der Westhuizen said, “We were very cognizant of our Sport minister’s challenge last year to accommodate women in this tournament. We heeded the Minister’s call and I’m proud to say that we have extended the invitation to include a women’s leg to this tournament for the very first time. Congratulations to Gillian Hammond from South Africa who was crowned as the first winner of the women’s leg. The way this tournament is structured, allows for development on how we and the individual country unions deem fit and could either grow in the number of participating countries and/or include different categories also including disabled golf amongst others. I am also proud to say that Windhoek Lager’s commitment to golf in Africa stretches beyond this specific tournament – Windhoek Lager is also the main sponsor of International Pairs SA as from this year.”
The final of the Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA was also held here in Windhoek alongside the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Championship where 24 pairs from South Africa fought it out on the golf course and the winning two teams of pairs qualified to go through to the World International Pairs final which will be held in Spain at the end of October 2016.