Selebi-Phikwe golf club’s Shane Granger won the Makgadikgadi golf open played in Sowa town.
This was the first time that Granger won a Botswana golf union tournament. The event was played on a 36 holes stroke play on the attractive Sowa golf club course.
Granger opened his account with a 78 on the first day and closed with 77 gross to pip local favourite, and captain of Sowa Golf Club, Chris Masole, by one stroke.
On the last day, Masole, who fired like a wounded Buffalo, found himself leading the tournament in the club house while Granger was still on course, getting ready for a play-off.
The Sowa captain’s hopes were dashed when Granger hit a superb shot on the 130 metre 18th hole. The Selebi-Phikwe lad nailed his putt to win by one god. This proved to be a painful putt for Masole who was watching and hoping Granger would miss so that he could brace himself for a play-off.
Pre-tournament favourite, Phenyo Lekgoa, of Gaborone golf club, who is also one of the caddies in the BGU Caddy development programme, found Sowa golf course very tough and challenging. He could only manage third position.
After the event, Lekgoa said that the Sowa course was very tough.
“I have always said that the Swazi Royal course that we played in earlier this year was the toughest. Now I have to be corrected because the Sowa course is miles tougher that the Swazi one,” said Lekgoa.
Victor Thapelo, of Sowa golf club, won the B division by claiming the scalp of Freeman Hananda during their sudden death play-off battle.
A positive for the BGU is that the event was well attended. BGU Executive Secretary, Joe Marudu, said: “It is encouraging to see players travelling and participating in BGU tournaments.”
“My only disappointment is that key members of the national team did not participate in these championships, save for only three,” said the man they call Black Horse.
The national team players that participated in this event were Lekgoa, Bakani Kelebantse and the Black Horse himself, Marudu.