The 3rd edition of the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Championship was officially launched in the capital on Wednesday. The 3rd edition features some exciting changes, with a total number of next year’s championship involving 11 countries, while a new division for women has also been included.
Ian Stevenson, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) global sponsorship and events manager, recalled that the tournament kicked off in 2013 with five countries and increased to ten in 2014. With the latest addition of Mauritius, the 2015/16 championship will see 11 countries vying for top honours.
He said: “Each country nominates four existing tournaments within their country and links these as qualifiers to determine who will compete in the overall Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket final held in Windhoek. In order to increase interest amongst all golfers, they compete in three different divisions, A division (handicaps up to 9), B division (handicaps from 10-16) and C division (handicaps from 17-24).
This weekend sees Namibian golfers tee off in their first qualifier tournament with the Africa Jacket Golf Championship being the Gold Cup. The other three tournaments, which will count towards this year’s Africa Jacket, will be the Rossmund Open in December 2015, the Central Open in March 2016 and the Namibian Open in April next year.
The three best scores of these four tournaments are used to determine who goes through to the finals. The finals will be played at the Windhoek Golf & Country Club on June 22-25, 2016.
In 2013, apart from hosts Namibia, the other participating countries were Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with the overall winner turning out to be Mwalikwa Sondashi from Zambia. In 2014 the number of teams increased to 10, adding Swaziland, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Seychelles. Unfortunately, Zambia withdrew at the last minute, but a very successful tournament took place, with Stuart Krog from Zimbabwe crowned the eventual overall winner.