Swaziland’s Nostimilo Kgomo headed to Nanjing to play Golf in the YOG!

Golfer Nosimilo Kgomo from Swaziland will compete in the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.Congratulations to Nosimilo Kgomo from Swaziland for qualifying for the golf competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China! Kgomo competed with girls from Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia in May at the African Youth Games at the Gaborone Golf Club in Botswana. If you go there, the greens fees are 220 Pulas or about US$25. Maybe I will see you there one day on a ‘Journey to South Africa!’ On to Nanjing Nosimilo!

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MUNAVE, KGOMO FOR OLYMPIC YOUTH GAMES IN CHINA

03/07/2014 04:58:00 BY BHEKISISA MAGONGO

MBABANE – The Swaziland Olympic and Commonwealth Games Associations (SOCGA) will send four athletes to the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in August.
The quartet will comprise of Taekwondo’s Carlota Munave and Nosimilo Kgomo from golf who have already qualified for the Youth Olympic Preparation Grant in the lead up to the Nanjing Youth Olympics. Both athletes excelled during the recent ANOCA Games held in Botswana in May.
In a press release by SOCGA CEO Muriel Hofer, the event is scheduled for next month.

“The two female athletes will be eligible to receive E15 000 over three months for their preparation for the Nanjing Youth Olympics, including training, coaching fees, access to tournaments, equipment, or any other needs they may have in their preparation activities,” She said. Munave was recently honoured for representing Swaziland admirably by claiming a Bronze Medal at the ANOCA Youth Games in Taekwondo.

Kgomo also attended the ANOCA Youth Games and was placed 10th in the field.  Both athletes will be looking to continue their development as national-level athletes, training diligently, in order to reach new personal bests and improved performances at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing. The Youth Olympic Games involve competing, learning and celebrating.

A rich and diverse choice of activities will enable athletes and other young participants to learn life-skills, grow in their sporting careers and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

History of Gaborone Golf Club in Botswana:

Before independence in September 1966, golf in Gaborone was played on a nine hole course with eighteen tees that ran around and across the airstrip. The golf section of the Gaborone Sports Club in the village controlled the golf course.

 For security reasons the club was requested to move and with the help of the Botswana National Sports Council it was granted a lease by the Gaborone Town Council for the land the Club now occupies.

Jimmy Russell, a government roads engineer, did the original layout of the course. Gordon Hampton, the then Director of Agriculture, decided that the clearing of the fairways would be the ideal training ground for bulldozer drivers under the supervision of the late Syd Youthed.

Initially the greens were oiled sand that required smoothing down with a scraper before putting and the tees were built of concrete blocks with rubber mating supplied by the Prison’s Department.

 In 1967 the original clubhouse was designed by Peter Harrison and built by Derek Beesley. The old bar is the central part of the present bar area and was open towards the course.

The course has been developed and refined over the last 40 years and is now a fine test of golf in tranquil surrounds with over 80 species of birdlife and a variety of animals that makes every round a pleasure. The lush kikuyu fairways give way to generous 8cm semi rough before the natural Botswana bush makes any wayward shot an adventure all of its own. The greens have been rebuilt and will continue to improve every season. A new variety of cynoden (Greg Norman) has been planted on all 18 greens. They have also been subtly re-contoured to add more interest to the putting surfaces.

The club enjoys an active and healthy social attendance and has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It has hosted the BGU Independence Trophy for 44 years and has hosted the Zone 6 internationals three times, the Botswana Open over 20 times and the Sunshine Tour FNB events many times in  the past. It has also hosted 7 of the last 12 Botswana Nomads National Tournaments and remains the club with the highest membership numbers in Botswana.

A new era in the club’s life began in October 2012 with a P2mil sponsorship from Gaborone Sun to assist the club in redoing it’s greens and upgrading the course in general.  The irrigation system has been upgraded to double row and cart paths are being demarcated.

The locker rooms and change rooms are receiving some much needed attention at the moment. This allows for a more sophisticated and modern look.

The club thanks Gaborone Sun for their very generous sponsorship.

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