Malawi Professional Golf Association (PGAMW), which made history last year when it hosted the first-ever professional golf Tour in Malawi, has ambitious plans to host a series of Tours and has since engaged various potential sponsors and stakeholders for partnership.
PGAMW President Patridge Shycal, in a media statement seen by Nyasa Times, said two of the major international Tours are the African Tour Challenge to be played over April – May 2019 with a minimum budget of at least $50,000 and the return of the Warm Heart Pro Tour 2019 scheduled for November-December 2019 with a minimum budget of at least $75,000.
“In addition, the association has designed to have a parallel international regional mini Tour branded Lake Malawi Tour and earmarked to be played on quarterly basis in Lilongwe and Blantyre over 3 days (54 holes) at selected golf courses.
“The quarterly Tour is modelled from other regional tours such as the Safari Tour in Kenya, The Zambezi Tour in Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes Tour in Canada. This tour shall have a budget of at least $7.500 to $10,000 per tournament and it shall reward the top 15 winners.
“The Tour is organised, mainly to promote tourism sector in Malawi, and show solidarity to the most beautiful fresh water lake. Lake Malawi Tour shall be open to all players from the SADC Region and will offer a range of advantages to the players such providing the opportunity to compete within the SADC region, hence reducing the logistical hassles players and organisers are subjected to in participating in similar competition outside the region.
“The Tour envisage hosting a minimum of 30 international players from all the neighbouring countries to include but not limited to Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania.”
The statement said the other two major Tours are expected to attract a minimum of 100 international professional golfers across the world.
“PGA Malawi is so much indebted to the four main sponsors for the Warm Heart Tour namely; TNM Malawi, FDH Bank, Airtel Malawi and Toyota Malawi who made the maiden Tour a reality by injecting their financial resources as prizes for the players despite of the short notice and also our hospitality partner Umodzi Park for the services rendered to make it so colourful and classic with sumptuous meals and beverages to all our players and sponsors.
“We cannot plan an event of this stature ourselves, which is why we need you, the sponsors. Sponsorships continue to be the most cost-effective way to increase your return on investment (ROI), and by teaming up with PGA Malawi, you will have a greater opportunity to reach a broader range of international visibility through sponsoring these great events.”
Since its establishment in December 2017, PGAMW has been making swift strides as a leading professional golf body.
“The Warm Heart Pro Tour in November 2018 not only served as a learning experience, but most importantly, also challenged PGA Malawi to take a more holistic approach in promoting the prestigious sport of golf.
“It was realised that within the corporate world, there are more institutions and individuals with the passion for the sport. PGAMW identified the need to join hands with them in taking the sport to greater heights and develop the next class of Champion Golfers in Malawi.
“It is in that spirit that we are appealing to the corporate world to collaborate with PGAMW in ensuring the advancement of professional golf in the country. We are doing this having spotted and embraced the sporting as well as the business opportunities that the year 2019 and others to come are offering to the game of golf and to the prospective partners,” said the statement from Shycal, who is also general secretary for African PGA Tours.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :