PREPARATIONS for the 2014 Zambia Open Golf Championship got a major lift at the weekend when NFCA Chambishi Mine poured $50,000 (about K280,000) into the prestigious event to be staged at Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe.
NFCA chief executive officer, Wang Chun Lai announced the mining firm’s sponsorship for the Zambia Open Championship during the company’s annual Invitational Corporate Golf Day at Nkana.
Wang said NFCA wanted to be associated with Zambia’s cosmopolitan golf championship which would be held in Kitwe for the first time and that the sponsorship towards the event dubbed Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
He also paid tribute to the Nkana general membership for beautifying the golf course ahead of the tournament in May next year.
Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) president, Charles Mwanza thanked NFCA for the gesture as Government alone could not afford to finance various sports activities in the country but through support from the business entities like NFCA.
Mwanza said the success of the 2014 Mopani Zambia Open Championship would largely depend on support from NFCA and other corporate institutions.
The ZGU president said the union’s decision to rotate the tournament among clubs around Zambia was helping the host clubs to improve the facilities.
Nkana Golf Club president, Danny Callow, in a message delivered by club captain, Elario Musonda, thanked NFCA for supporting the club in staging the Zambia Open.
And during the NFCA Invitational Corporate Golf Day, Zambia-China Economic Zone chief executive officer, Baosen Zan emerged winner after carding 40 points.
Baosen’s performance did not go an unnoticed as Nkana chopped his handicap from 18 to 16.
Baosen was two points clear of runner-up, Watson Muwowo, a budding junior golfer while ZGU honorary secretary, Kelly Munsaka finished third on 36 points.
Munsaka, however, only managed to grab the third position after winning a two-way count back in the tournament that was being held at Nkana for five consecutive years.
In this event where the top 15 players picked up prizes, Former ZGU president, Matthew Nkhuwa also did not miss out on the offer after grabbing the 15th on position 33 points following an eight-way count back.
For subsidiary prizes, Nkana Lady Golfers’ captain, Idah Chishala won herself two prizes for the longest drive on the 18th and her shot on the 11th hole was nearest to the pin.
SOURCE: Times of Zambia