The global economic crunch has hit the local golf scene with the announcement today by the Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) that this years Zambia Open Golf Championship has been has been postponed.
This is after the ZGU failed to raise the K1.8 billion prize money it has budgeted for this years event.
Zambia’s biggest sporting event that was scheduled to be held at Chainama Hills Golf Club in Lusaka from March 26-28 has now been postponed to the last weekend of July.
ZGU president Joe Malanji said his Union needed more time to meet their budgeted prize purse.
Tyronne Ferreira of South Africa is the defending champion of the Zambia Open he won at the same venue last year.
“The Zambia Open has been postponed to the last week of July citing shortage of the K1.8 billion budget to successfully stage the event,” Malanji said.
He said the ZGU had written to the Sunshine Tour on whose calendar the Zambia Open has appeared for the last 10 years.
Malanji said he was optimistic the ZGU would meet their budget for this years Zambia Open over the next three months to keep it on the prestigious Sunshine Tour calendar.