Blantyre-based golf coach Dingaan Chirwa, who is also director of Triple A Golf Academy, has announced a partnership of his academy with Zambia women national team coach Melissa Nawa’s academy —Nawa Girls Golf Academy.
According to Chirwa, who is also Golf Union of Malawi (GUoM) assistant coach, the partnership is meant to exchange and share ideas that would lead to the general development of junior golf, but with emphasis on the Malawian girl-child stepping up to the tee box and taking golf to greater heights.
“We made this agreement during the East and Central Africa Regional Golf Challenge Trophy held in Lilongwe about two months ago. Starting from next year, both her academy and mine will visit each other once a year.
“It is during this period that Melissa will drill the girls. The junior golfers will comprise both male and female, but her emphasis will be on training the girls,” Chirwa said.
The Malawi team has since been invited to Zambia for a two-day tournament to be played at Chainama Hills Golf Club in Zambia’s capital Lusaka during the 2016 Easter Holidays.
“It is an invitation to my academy, but I look after more juniors than just those in my academy, so it is open to all junior golfers interested to travel. This is a learning experience for us. It’s nothing official, but rather an educational tour.
“Since it’s a social gathering, nationality does not matter. Even those that are residents in Malawi, but are not holders of the Malawi passport are welcome to join the trip. We will go there on their invite to see whether we are on the right track or what needs changing to up our game. As we all know, Zambia is one of the advanced countries golf-wise in the region, so it is for sure, a good arrangement,” Chirwa added.