Likius Nande wins Wispeco Coastal Junior Golf Tournament

Likius Nande wins Wispeco Coastal Junior Golf Tournament

Likius Nande of the Rossmund Golf Club is the 2015 Wispeco Coastal Junior Golf champion. The tournament was held over two days last week with the first round being played on Thursday, 10 December and the second and final round played the next day at Walvis Bay.

Nande (pictured third from the right) was in great shape on day one at his home course and shot a brilliant, four under par, 68 which already separated him from his nearest rivals by a significant margin. Despite a more subdued round of 79 at Walvis Bay the next day, his total score of 147 was enough to beat runner-up, Wayne Profitt, by a whopping 11 shots. This was Nande’s last tournament as a junior as he turned 19 a few days later.

The best net was also won quite easily by young Marthinus Marais of Walvis Bay on 143 followed by Jacques Snyman of Windhoek on 154. Other prize winners in the senior division were as follows (net scores): Neil Swart 158, Niewoudt Hendrikse 161 and Neil Groenewald 163.

In the Stableford competition which was held for the younger players, Willie Els from Walvis Bay also had an easy win with a total score of 71, followed by Jonathan Mather on 53 and Tinai Murasaki. Special prizes were also awarded to three development players who played a few holes under the watchful eye of Walvis Bay coach, Gert Olivier (jnr), who was responsible for managing the event.

At prize-giving the president of the Namibia Golf Federation, André Burger, thanked Wispeco for their generous sponsorship and involvement in golf development. He promised the juniors that 2016 will see more tournaments for them throughout Namibia as well as tours for the top juniors to one or more junior events in Southern Africa to give them more exposure to different courses and conditions.