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Lesotho eye regional golf championships

Teboho Molapo


MASERU — Lesotho is hoping to participate in the Zone VI International Amateur Golf Team Games, to be held in Botswana from April 12-17, after missing out on last year’s edition due to financial constraints.

The Lesotho Golf Association (LGA) has already begun hunting for funds in order to avoid repeating a theme that has dogged the country’s golf in recent times.

Each year, the LGA receives a M100 000 subvention fund through the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC), and in the last 13 years, Lesotho has sent a team to the Zone VI games on just four occasions — in 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2008.

“We are hopeful the money problems we have had (in the past) will not be an impediment this year. We have already started looking for financial support right now while there is still time,” Lesotho golf captain Masuhla Leteka said on Monday.

“I must say the support from the Ministry (of sport) has been very good,” Leteka added.

“The principal secretary in the Ministry of Sport (Makalo Theko) was here on behalf of government, when we hosted the CCR golf tournament last month.”

The championships, which are contested by 10 countries — South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland, Malawi, Tanzania and Lesotho — are exclusive to amateurs.

The Lesotho team should include eight players and two officials.

Leteka has already compiled a preliminary line-up, which includes up-coming golfer Tlotliso Khabo, who was part of a professional finishing school last year under Lesotho’s foremost professional golfer, Motlalentoa Moloi.

However, Khabo has since begun tertiary schooling in Pretoria, South Africa, something which may be a recurring problem with Leteka’s provisional squad.

“I have compiled a tentative list of names (but) many of them are still at school,” Leteka said.

“If the players are unable to make the trip, then we will have to pick from our pool of older players. But we wanted to participate with a quality side and one with young players,” Leteka added.

Meanwhile, Letšeng Diamonds held an invitational Golf Day at the Maseru Golf Club on Friday.

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