Malawi Golf Union to take action over golfers immoral behaviour

Blantyre Sports Club golf section will take action against two Country Club Limbe golfers Levi Kapito and Imran Daudi for protesting violently the results of Old Mutual Customer Day golf tournament held at Blantyre Sports Club on Saturday.

BSC Golf Captain, Medson Kalambule said the club was concerned with the conduct of the two golfers which contravened the golf etiquette.

“Whenever one disagrees with the decision of the competition committee there are procedures to be followed as you are aware that golf is a gentleman’s game and should be treated as such. Their behaviour was deplorable and has brought the game of golf into disrepute”

The competition committee of Old Mutual golf tournament after meeting the disciplinary committee of BSC golf on Monday have summoned the two for hearing on Wednesday.golf

Kalambule said the two suspended from any golfing activity at Blantyre Sports Club until the matter is heard and final decision made.

The two golfers created controversy in the presence of Old Mutual board chairman Jimmy Lipunga and top executive management they were aware that they could not win because of the new handicap system, Handicap Network Africa (HNA) SAGA) that was introduced by Golf Union of Malawi on August 1.

Hudson Kantwanje Secretary of Golf Union of Malawi said the body issued a circular to all golf club captains and secretaries in Malawi advising them of the consequence of their members not being on the new handicap system.

“HNA SAGA is the official handicap system in Malawi effective August 1, 2013 and any golfer who is not on this system cannot win any prize in a Golf Union of Malawi sanctioned competition because his handicap is not recognised,” Kantwanje said.

“It should be noted that membership to Golf Union of Malawi is through affiliation of a club and as such all Guom communications are channeled through club captains and secretaries who in turn filter down the information to their members.”

He said Goum would be waiting for a report from BSC golf section before taking action.

“Rules of natural justice have to prevail. The two have to be heard first. We will look at the recommendations from BSC and take necessary action to make sure there is no repeat of such [unacceptable] behaviour at any golfing function,” he said.

“Golf is a gentleman’s game, there are procedures to follow if one is aggrieved. That behaviour cannot be condoned.”

He said any sporting discipline including golf had rules to be to be adhered.

“If one decides not to follow the rules of the game he is penalised, and golf is not an exception.

This is not the first time that golfers have created controversy at BSC.

Thyolo Golf Club member James Chuma has also handed a two-year ban which he has just finished serving after it was discovered that he altered the scores to win a competition.

Former Blantyre Sports Club captain Bashir Sharrif was also banned for three years on related issues to Chuma.

Sharrif has also completed the ban.

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