Malawi’s top golfer Paul Chidale was left devastated after forfeiting K80,000 in prize for winning Entyre Invitational Golf Tournament at Nchalo Golf Clubon Saturday.
Chidale, who was part of the Malawi team at the Zone VI held in Namibia, forfeited the prize after failing to pay a subsidised annual subscription fee of K15,000 to Golf Union of Malawi.
The golfer, who turned into the sport from a caddie while at a tender age, said he was not aware of the situation.
But Golf Union of Malawi officials confirmed that Chidale would not collect his prize as stipulated in the Constitution of the association.
The official said they softened the rules for defaulters to be banned from playing.
“Actually any golfer who does not pay is not eligible to play but then if we enforce that it is against the Constitution of Malawi which advocates for freedom of association,” he said.
“So they can play but will not receive anything if they win.”
He said the golfers pay to their respective golf clubs who in turn pay to the golf union.
“We don’t deal with individual golfers but their clubs.Right now we are getting tough and we might penalised all the clubs who have not remitted the affiliation fee to us.”