The Malawi national junior golf team yesterday struggled on the opening day of the All Africa Junior Golf Championship at Royal Harare Golf Club in Zimbabwe after finishing ninth out of 12 participating teams.
Malawi amassed 246 points in the stroke play- formatted contest that will see the best two teams progressing to the World Junior Golf Challenge to be staged in Japan later this year.
Aadil Parker was Malawi’s best performer as he shot 80. Rashid Salima was the second best with 81 while Prince Mzokomera and Ganizani Rusho tied on 82. The average total score was obtained after taking into account results of each team’s best-three players.
“Our boys dropped shots mainly due to poor club selection and ball placement. Right now, coach [Dingaan Chirwa] is with them trying to drill them on their shortfalls,” said Golf Union of Malawi (GUoM) vice-president Hudson Kantwanje, who is with the team in Harare.
“All is not lost, chances are still high and we will rectify our mistakes. We will be an improved side starting tomorrow [today].”
Going into the second of the four-day competition, defending champions South Africa are leading with 211 followed by the hosts with 216 and Reunion Island with 222. Botswana anchor the table with 269. n