Likius Nande Open Champion for 2017

The Rossmund Golf Course played host over the weekend to the 2017 Distell Rossmund Open Championship as expected the weather conditions were just perfect and the course especially the greens were in an excellent condition.
The tournament this year attracted a much smaller field of golfers than anticipated – this was mainly due to our juniors participating in South Africa and the absence of all those golfers who have opted to become part of the Pro Tour – unfortunately numbers are also adversely effected by the current economic climate.
The Championship is an official event on the NAGU Calendar as well as a qualifier for the African Green Jacket Tournament. Play com-menced at 7.00 am on Saturday morning – weather was a bit on the cool side but soon brigh-tened up.
Likius carded a par round for his first 18 and followed this with a one over par in round 2 giving him a 4 shot lead over his nearest rival Gabriel Shikodi at the end of day one. Mr “Steady” Helmut Ndjendja was stamping his authority in the “B” Division ending day one with an 8 shot lead whilst Eddy van Wyk came into the clubhouse with an excellent 79 gross to head the “C” Division.
Sunday morning early it was down to business in already sunny and hot conditions – local knowledge prevailed with Likius managing to produce a par round once again to clinch the title – whilst Gabriel could only manage a 2 over.
President of NAGU Marco Swarts thanked Distell for their continuous support of Golf throughout Namibia especially during the current economic climate; he thanked Rossmund Golf Course for the use of the course and also the staff for all their hard work and effort that went into preparing it for the tournament. He had a special word of thanks for the RGC Committee for ensuring that the tournament ran smoothly.
Sponsors representative Gotfried Kazombaruru said he was delighted to be a part of the tournament and thanked all the players for taking part. He confirmed that Distell were committed to supporting golf throughout Namibia and looks forward to the 2018 season. NAGU used the occasion to announce the new Namibian Team that will take part in the Region 5 Tournament to be held in Harare in April 2018 being: Likuis Nande; Gert Olivier; Kevin Wentzel and Walter Heibeb.
RESULTS: Overall Gross Winner (Champion) L Nande 217; Overall R/U Gross: G Olivier 236; Overall Nett: G Shikodi 214; Overall R/U Nett: A van Schalkwyk 215. “A”Division Gross: F Hanekom 239; Gross R/U: W Heibeb 240; Nett: A Bonifatius 220; Nett R/U: D Benson 226. “B “Division: Gross Winner: H Ndjendja 249; Gross R/U: T Haimbondi 258; Nett Winner: T Burger 222; Nett R/U: G Murasiki 230. “C”Division Gross Winner: E van Wyk 174; Gross R/U: M Jacobs 184; Nett Winner: J van der Merwe 150; Nett R/U: C Lawrence 151.

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