Orapa Golf Challenge Returns Bigger And Better

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Following a two-year hiatus due the Covid-19 pandemic, the Orapa Diamond Golf Challenge returned to a resounding success, attracting over 130 golfers.

The challenge is an annual tournament that features best golf professionals and top ranking amateurs. The inaugural challenge was held in 2018 followed by the second edition in 2019.

The three-day event also featured golfers from Southern Africa.

According to Orapa Golf Club Captain Lone Mphane a total of 130 players from different golf clubs that include Gaborone Golf Club, Phakalane Golf Club, Francistown Golf Club, Jwaneng Golf Club, Orapa Golf Club, Sowa Golf Club and Selibe Phikwe Golf Club participated in this year’s event. The players participated in different categories that include Professional Golfers, Champion division, A-Division, B-Division and Junior Champion.

“The winner for the Professional Golfers was Walter Seokemong from Orapa Golf Club while Edwin Madigela from Orapa Golf Club won the Champion Division Men.  Maru Chokwe from Gaborone Golf Club won the Championship Division Ladies, Lot Moroka from Francistown Golf Club won the A-Division Men, Molwantwa Kgame from Sowa Golf Club won the A-Division Ladies Winner and Vivian Hwata Orapa Golf Club won the B- Division Men Winner while Molefe from Gaborone Golf Club won the Junior Champion,” Maphane revealed.

He stated that the different professionals won cash prizes amounting to P33, 000.00 while the amateurs won prizes amounting to P130, 000.00

Meanwhile ODGC has been applauded for having played a very important role in developing the economy of Boteti by creating employment opportunities for the youth in the area and facilitating the community development projects through the funds generated during the tournament.

According to Botswana Golf Union (BGU) Vice Chairperson Godfrey Gorogodo, since its inception in 2018, the funds generated have benefited communities within the Boteti area. He revealed that in 2018 the funds generated from the challenge were utilized to build a house for the underprivileged and those generated from the 2019 tournament, went to refurbishing the ablutions at Motsumi Junior Secondary School in Letlhakane and the Mmatshumo Covid -19 Isolation Centre.

Gorogodo told further said through the challenge, opportunities were created in different services such as accommodation, catering and security services for the local service providers hence empowering the local economy. He noted that the challenge also assisted and contributed directly to the charitable activities within the Boteti region.

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