Botswana golf will from tomorrow, Saturday, converge in Selibe Phikwe Golf Club for the Castrol Central Open.
The tournament is divided into three categories, and has been sponsored to the tune of P15 000. The three categories according to golf executive secretary, Rodger Lal, are Championship Division (Handicap +to 9), A Division Handicap 10 to 18 and B Division Handicap 19 to 24.
The Championship Division will play 54 holes, whereas Division A and B will play 36 holes.
“This tournament already had 66 participants confirmed from within and outside Botswana. There is going to be fierce fight between defending Champion Shane Granger and the rest of the national team players and other up and coming players,” Lal said.
The golfers will be led by last year’s runner-up Charlton Makoko, Diane Lucas, Phenyo Lekgoa, Walter Seokemong and Mpho Kelosiwang.
Kelosiwang is currently leading the BGU order of Merit having won three of the four national championships played in 2010.
“It is our sincere belief, that this will be a partnership that will enhance the corporate objectives of Castrol Lubricants and also improve the status of golf in Botswana. We urge all stakeholders to join hands with us in thanking Castrol Lubricants for this noble gesture which will go a long way in boosting the growth and development of the game of golf in Botswana,” Lal said.
Of late golf has transformed into a sport for all and dispelled the illusion that it was for foreigners and the rich only. Batswana have come out and competed in tournaments. The youth development that golf has also engaged into have also given the right fruits as more and more locals have emerged as the best in the competitions locally and in the region.
All this, according to Lal, is because they are doing their best to involve all the available players without borders. This he said is also shown by the way sponsors have associated with them of late.