Local golfers teed off for the first of four qualifying golf tourneys for the coveted Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket at the Windhoek Golf and Country Club last weekend.
The Klipdrift Gold Cup was played over two days on 54 holes for both the A and B divisions and 36 holes for the C division with a total of 55 golfers teeing off.
The opening day finished with Stefanus Bonafatius taking a two-strokes lead (145) ahead of Epix Mulombelwa (147), with Likius Naande drifting in third place a further two strokes back (149), but the final battle was eventually won by Bonafatius with a round of 71 at even par.
Ian Stevenson, Global Sponsorship & Events Manager at NBL, expressed delight at the success of the first tourney. He encouraged all local A, B and C division golfers to enter the remaining three qualifying tourneys if they are to be in the running for the Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket Golf Championship, slated for June 22 – 25, 2016 in Windhoek.
Namibian qualifiers and qualifiers from the other African countries are traditionally spoilt to bits by Namibia Breweries during the four-day golf bonanza, enjoying among others, free accommodation, beverages and much more other accessories.
Each country has nominated four existing tourneys within their territory, linked as qualifiers to determine who will compete in the overall Windhoek Lager Africa Jacket final in Windhoek next year.
In order to increase interest among all golfers, participants will compete in three different divisions, viz. A division (handicaps up to 9), B division (handicaps from 10-16) and C division (handicaps from 17-24).
The three best gross scores in the respective divisions of these four tourneys are used to determine who goes through to the finals. This means that even if you have missed the Gold Cup, you can still qualify by entering the remaining three events.