LET’S PRO­FES­SION­ALISE GOLF, SAYS PGA AFRICA SEC­RE­TARY

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sibu­siso Masilela

The Pro­fes­sional Golfers As­so­ci­a­tion of Africa is ad­vo­cat­ing for the trans­for­ma­tion of the golf within the African con­ti­nent.

The con­ti­nen­tal mother body, through its Sec­re­tary Pa­trigje Nth­lakamva, is chal­leng­ing its en­tire mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions to pro­fes­sion­alise the sport.

“We first need to work to­gether and put proper struc­tures that would en­sure that all our mem­bers take part in PGA tour­na­ments. We fur­ther need to lobby for cor­po­rate sup­port within our coun­tries and fur­ther demon­strate trans­parency, some­thing that has helped other African con­ti­nents to be sucess­ful in golf,” he said.

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Mean­while, lo­cal pro­fes­sional golfer Me­shack Zwane ap­pealed for sup­port from the en­tire na­tion. “We need the sup­port of all sec­tors of the coun­try in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment and spon­sors in or­der to im­prove the sport in the con­ti­nent. Golfers need fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance in or­der to com­pete ef­fec­tively dur­ing in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“We hope to do bet­ter dur­ing the 2019 edi­tion of the Warm Heart Proffes­sional tour but we will need fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity in or­der to achieve the main goal,” he said.

The lo­cal trio of Me­shack Zwane, James Pan­ning­ton and Peter Dlamini se­cured a top 20 fin­ish dur­ing the re­cently ended Warm Hearts Pro­fes­sional Golf tour­na­ment held two weeks ago in Malawi.

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