DEFENDING CHAMPION: Schoolboy in action

Botswana Golf Union (BGU) would host the second edition of Dr Kim’s Invitational Golf Championship on July 31st and August 1st 2010 at  the Francistown Golf Club. Sixty (60) participants are expected to take part in this year’s tournament.
The tournament would pit best players from the south against their counterparts in the north in a two-way encounter. The A-division would see players with handicap between 0 and 9 in 54 holes match over two days. The B-division would see 10 and 24 in a 36 holes stroke play over the two days. In addition to the invited regional players, five members of Botswana Professional Golf Association would be competing for P10 000. The five are Trevor Johwa, Thapelo Pabalinga, Edwin Madigela, James Samson and Schoolboy Thekiso. Last year’s champion in the professional tee-off, Thekiso told Voice Sport that he expects to emulate his previous performance and triumph on Saturday.
“I have prepared well for this tournament, but I know that Francistown is a different feel all the time so anything can happen,” said Thekiso. Thekiso said what makes Francistown different is the brown course (sand), which requires them to adapt to new game plans.
“If you are used to playing on grass, playing on sand becomes a challenge. Even though as golfers we are always quick to adapt in such situations the little mistakes we make can have a bearing on the results,” he said.
Thekiso said the sandy course gives golfers an opportunity to adapt to different challenges.
“It is important to play on such a tricky course, it can bring the best out of you,” he said. Another professional golfer Thapelo Pabalinga told Voice Sport that after playing on sand for the first time last year he is ready to up his game.
“Playing in Francistown is never easy, but I hope to do well this time around,” Pabalinga said. Pabalinga said he is aware of that anyone of the professional golfers can triumph depending on how well they had prepared.
“I believe any of us can win, either myself, Schoolboy or Trevor,” he said.
The primary aim of this tournament is to raise funds for Francistown Golf Club and BGU junior development initiative. The late Dr Kim arrived in Botswana in 1967 under the Korean Government Agency as a volunteer surgeon. He was attached to Jubilee Clinic where he doubled up as a General Practitioner until his passing in 4th July 1999.
In addition to the tournament his family intends to open a Dr Kim’s Hospice in the near future and as part of assistance to those in need in the community Pelagano Orphanage in Makaleng would receive donations in form of blankets, petrol and food this Saturday.

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