THE 2018 Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open Golf tournament Organising Committee is confident it will meet the targeted US$500,000 budget before the tournament tees off at Nkana Golf Club in two weeks’ time.
ZOOC chairperson Emmanuel Mutati made the commitment on Thursday when he received two cheques worth US$25,000 each from Group R Mining Limited and Spectra Oil Corporation respectively.
Mutati said so far US$370,000 had been raised, adding that more old sponsors had gotten on board and should be making their contributions in the coming days.
“Our total target is US$ 500,000. Included in that, is hopefully there could be some profit margin so that we can invest in our clubs’ junior programme. We would like that if we manage our expenses well so that we could have a bit of float so that we can pump it into the junior programme,” Mutati said.
“…but we do hope we get to US$500,000. We have two weeks to go and we have indications that we will have more companies coming through. Some of our sponsors who have been with us in the past have come back and said they will continue to sponsor us.”
Spectra Oil regional sales manager Sitwala Mutelo said: “Zambia Open is a very big event and as Spectra Oil, we are very happy to be part it. Our desire is to be part of growth of the sport in Zambia.”
Group R director Hein Van Staden said they were also very excited to be part of this year’s tournament.
“It is a privilege for us to be part of the Mopani/RedPath Zambia Open,” Van Staden said.
The Zambia Open will be held from April 26 to 29.