Golfers Tee Off in De Beers Group Tournament

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Golfers Tee Off in De Beers Group Tournament

Top golfers from three South African countries have competed in a tournament sponsored by the Debmarine Namdeb Foundation to the tune of N$200,000 (US$15,500).

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Twenty-four professional and 14 amateur golfers from Namibia, South Africa and Zambia battled for the top honours at the Namdeb Sperrgebiet Open. It was played over 54 holes on three days (9-11 June) in Oranjemund.

The Foundation sponsored the event as part of its social commitment to sports development in Namibia.

Hafeni Nghinamwaami, Golf Director of the Namibia Golf Tour, said the country had about 29 professional players and the tour would give them an opportunity to collect enough points for entry into top competitions in the region.

He was reported as saying: “Having a local tour creates opportunities for Namibian professional golfers to showcase their talent locally and internationally, thereby attracting more investment to the game, both at amateur and professional level.”

The professional winners were Namibian golf star Trevor Dodds, who now plays in the US, and Ruan Huysamen, with a score of seven under par. They shared a prize of N$60,270 (US$4,680). Top performers in the amateur categories were Pineas Kamati, Erastus Nehoya, Raul  Cloete and Hugo Korner.

Earlier this year, the Namibia Golf Tour hosted its first ever trials in Windhoek for amateur golfers wanting to turn professional. Another tournament is scheduled for July.

Namdeb is De Beers Group’s partnership venture with the Government of the Republic of Namibia.

 

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