Malawian professional golfers are set to return on the course next month to take part in the Kenyan Safari.
The golfers have been out of action for the past six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Malawi vice-president Patridge Shycal yesterday said Paul Chidale, Victor Kachepatsonga and Simon Moses are among those earmarked for the four-legged safari.
He said: “The good thing is that golf is not a contact sport and the golfers have been preparing for the tournament for sometime now.
“Should they make the grade, then they will qualify for the Kenya Open which is one of the biggest events on the golfing calendar because it offers attractive prizes and big-name golfers from across the continent and beyond, take part.”
However, the local PGA vice-preseident appealed for sponsorship from well-wishers and the corporate world towards the golfers’ return air tickets and accommodation.
“In the absence of Malawian Airlines flights to Nairobi, the players will have to cough more for their air tickets as the routes will be longer travelling by either Kenyan Airways or Ethiopian Airlines.
“Traditionally, Malawian Airlines have been helping us through subsidised ticket fares, but it will not be possible now until they resume their flights,” he said.
Chidale, rated as the country’s best professional golfer, yesterday said he has intensified his preparations for the Kenyan Safari.
He said: “Of course, I last played in March, but I am geared for the tournament.
“Actually, the long lay-off has not really affected me because I have been practising. I just need game time, otherwise the swing is there.
“I am currently working on my short game. I just want to appeal for sponsorship from well-wishers.”
The first leg is slated for Limuru Golf Club from October 4 to 7 while the Royal Nairobi Golf Club will host the second leg between October 10 and 14.
The third leg will be held at Vet Lab Sports Club from October 17 to 24 and the last one will run from October 24 to 28 at Sigona Golf Club.