Three Malawian professional golfers—Paul Chidale, Victor Kachepatsonga and Simon Moses—failed to make the grade at the third Safari Tour in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi last week.
The trio could not make a cut at the five-day tournament held at Muthaiga Golf Club and are now tuning up for the last tour set to tee off this Saturday at Karen Golf Club.
In an interview yesterday, Chidale, who is rated the best golfer on the local scene, attributed his poor showing to loss of concentration.
“I started well, but I lost concentration because of issues related to my upkeep.
“But I have put that aside and I have switched focus to the last tour. We have now stepped up our preparations and we hope to do well,” he said.
The 30-year-old said his weakness was on the tee box while his strength was on the short game.
“It is frustrating when your target is to make the top 10 and then you end up not even making a cut. But I won’t give up,” said Chidale whose air travel was sponsored by Optichem Fertilisers.
Kachepatsonga and Moses were not available for comment.
Chidale played 75 and 78, Kachepatsonga had 80 and 76 while Moses played 76 and 82.
In the previous tour held at Nyali Golf and Country Club, Chidale made the cut after playing 76, 75, 75 and 76 respectively, to finish 16th out of a field of 60 while both Kachepatsonga and Moses did not make the cut.
Kachepatsonga and Moses’ trips were sponsored by Sunseed Oil and Hallmark Creations, respectively.
Last week, professional golf trainer Dingaan Chirwa said the trio has what it takes to scale lofty heights if they can get the right training.
“All of them, especially Paul, have what it takes to make it big. What they lack is advanced training on techniques and tactics. There are also other areas that they need to be drilled on such as psychological preparedness and diet,” he said.