By Sports Reporter
YOUNG Zambian golfers still need dedication to reach the highest level in the sport, says Zambia Sugar Golf Open championship organising committee chairperson Roy Penny.
Penny said the young players had the ability to achieve world class standards but needed more dedication to attain the highest level in golf.
Speaking ahead of the 2016 Zambia Sugar Open tournament which tees off tomorrow, Penny revealed that the 10 amateur golfers should aim at setting a benchmark in the tournament.
He said the young golfers should realise that exposure alone would not lift their playing standards without a lot of practice.
“Nothing comes easily to anybody in life; if you don’t do your job well, one is definitely going to fail. This applies to our young golfers. The 17 and 18 –year-olds think that when they win a competition, then they are the next Tiger Woods.
“These best golfers around practised six to eight hours every day to reach that level. I think without dedication to practice, they are not going to succeed,” he said.
Penny said the young golfers should ensure they maintained discipline off the course.
“They may have the future of a legend, but once they mix wine and women, their focus will shift and the career will be doomed. ‘‘Young golfers have the ability, but need the dedication to succeed,” he said.
He expressed hope that many Zambian golfers will meet the cut in this year’s tournament.
Penny said all was set for the tournament with Zambian ace Madalisto Muthiya expected to tee off in today’s Pro-Am sponsored by Zambia Sugar Plc.
He said Muthiya, however, faces competition from defending champion Vaughn Groenewald.
The tournament is set for April 21 to 24 at Lusaka Golf Club with 144 golfers expected to compete for the title.