Brazil scoops the 2013 Zambia Open golf Tournament

Adilson da Silva

BRAZILIAN Adilson da Silva has won the 2013 Zambia Sugar sponsored Zambia Open golf tournament at the Lusaka Golf Club.

And Zambia’s duo of Madalitso Muthiya and Patrick Mwendapole finished the tournament on four under par and seven over respectively.

Silva who has won his second Zambia Open finished the four day tournament with a total of 11 under par to beat his closest rivals Martin du Toit of South Africa and Handl Alexander from Zimbabwe who each managed 10 under.

The Brazilian had been among the top players since the tournament started despite facing stiff competition on the final day he held his cool to win the tournament.

Silva said he was lucky to have won the tournament because there were a lot of good players this year.

He said he will always have good memories about Zambia because of his success and the hospitality of the people.

“I must say I’m lucky. To come back here and win this tournament is fantastic,” Silva said.

Silva also won the 2010 Zambia Open which was held in Ndola.

And vice president Guy Scott has urged the Zambia Golf union to make the sport affordable for Zambians.

Scott said it was difficult for Zambian golfers to win the tournament because it required a lot of investment to prepare and take part in tournaments.

“We need to find a solution to this challenge. This sport is expensive even to me as a vice president. We cannot pretend to fail to take part in different sports because we are third world country,” Scott said.

The vice president commended Muthiya and Mwendapole for making the cut at the tournament and urged them to continue working hard.

And Zambia Golf Union president Charles Mwanza said it was almost becoming embarrassing that Zambian golfer were failing to make a mark at the tournament.

He said it was unfortunate that only two Zambian golfer managed to make the cut out of the many that entered.

This year’s sponsors, Zambia Sugar promised to continue partnering with the sport for future tournaments.

Zambia Sugar board chairman Fidelis Banda said the company was ready to sponsor minor sport as a way of making it popular among Zambians