MOPANI sponsored Nkana Golf Club junior golfer Dominic Musonda has won the Kids Junior African Challenge 2018 held at the San Lameer country club in South Africa after winning by six shots in the Under 14 category.
This is the first time a junior player from the academy, established in 2015 at the refurbished Nkana Golf Club by Mopani, has won an international event.
The majority of the players are vulnerable kids from impoverished communities like Kandabwe and St Anthony that houses the golf club.
Stallion Daka, also from Nkana, took overall third place in the 15 – 18 category with a gross total of 242 after he shot 83 in the first round, 80 in the second and 79 in the final round.
The premium international golfing event, which took place from August 27-30 attracted more than 140 children from 52 countries and was sanctioned by the United States Kids Golf Tournament Players Association.
Musonda, 13, a grade eight pupil at Nkana Secondary School, shot a gross total of 239 after an impressive run of 75-86-78 in three rounds to win the Under 14 category.
Musonda’s elder brother, Francis, took overall fourth place in the 15 – 18 category behind Daka.
All the four junior golfers that Nkana sent to South Africa reside in Kandabwe.
The other player was Teckson Daka,. who was playing in an international event for the first time and featured in the 15 – 18 category.
“I would like to congratulate our young star, Dominic Musonda, who came out on top and won the under 14-age group competition. I would also want to say a big thanks to Mopani Copper Mines and its partners such as Redpath Mining for making a difference in the lives of these children,” said Nkana Golf Club director for development Robbie Scott.
And Musonda said, “I am very grateful to Mopani for everything they have done for us. I have travelled outside Zambia by plane, which is the last thing I ever dreamt of happening in my life. I also want to thank the company for helping my mother, who is a widow, by paying for the education of my two brothers Francis, Fabian (8 years) and myself since we are all at the academy.”
The Junior Africa Challenge is an individual stroke play competition played over three days, with the title of Junior Africa Challenge Champion awarded to the best girl and boy in each age group.
The two Zambian golfers have also automatically qualified to play in the USA later in the year by finishing in the top three.
Mopani also sponsors junior golfers from the academy with golfing equipment, paying school fees and buying them school requisites.