By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIA’S only black professional golfer, Joe Nauanga, has called for the construction of more golf courses across the country.
Nauanga said there are only five proper golf courses worth talking about in Namibia. These are in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Tsumeb and Oranjemund.
The golfer said he could still not fathom why such a vast country with many golf enthusiasts still only has five golf courses 26 years after independence.
“We really need to empower the young and upcoming golfers, especially the ones from the previously disadvantaged communities,” he said, adding that there are a number of promising youngsters whose dream of playing golf at a higher level is stunted by lack of facilities in their areas.
Nauanga, a professional golfer for the past 15 years, has called on local authorities to earmark land for sport facilities such as golf courses since there are no facilities for young and upcoming golfers.
“With me having a bit of experience, I really want to host a number of golf tournaments to get the social or amateur golfers to compete for money,” he noted
Apart from wanting to organise tournaments, Nauanga said his Joe Nauanga Golf Development Trust also hope to embark upon an awareness campaign to introduce the sport to more remote areas of the country.
“Once I start doing the awareness campaign, I might help some young lads realise their dreams and they can eventually start to compete within the region. This awareness campaign will surely be an eye-opener and an opportunity for them. We also want to get rid of the misconception that golf is a rich man’s sport,” stressed Nauanga.
“Golf has now been introduced as an Olympic sport and who knows, we might have Namibian golfers competing at that level one day.”
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