At the end of January we were thrilled to host the first ever official disc golf event in Zambia! Back in 2016, Eagles Wings Disc Golf came to introduce the sport and install a 9-hole course. Less than 3 years later, with their help once again, we have expanded our course to a much more challenging 18 hole design, enabling us to host our first of many disc golf events! Here is what Eagles Wings had to say:
“The 2019 Zambia Open is in the books and it was an incredible day! There was so much excitement and enthusiasm in Macha for disc golf and the event, and it could not have gone better…We had 52 players compete including 8 women and 14 juniors who qualified the day before in the juniors event. We also had 6 countries represented!
Elem Katambo, the new Professional Disc Golf Association Zambia Country Coordinator, did a fantastic job directing the event. Zambia disc golf will thrive with Elem leading the way.
The new course played tough, but fair, and we had great reviews from all competitors. During the event we had our first 1000 rated round and our first ace thanks to Kevin Derrick. Another highlight was having 4 different Zambian division winners who could not have been happier.
Our junior boys division was one of the most fun to watch. The winner would have won advanced and finished well in open. These boys are highly skilled and have bright futures.
There were so many people that played a role in this event and it is impossible to thank everyone! The disc golf community is unbelievably generous and we are so thankful. All of our player, hole, and event sponsors were the reason we could build the course and run a PDGA event. Innova Discs went above and beyond with their support and everyone could not wait to put on their Innova shirts!
Thanks to Dynamic Discs, Disc Golf Pro Tour, Bogey Free Bags, Zing Mini Discs, Paragon Disc Golf, Throwback Sports, Prodigy Disc and Upper Park Designs for the donations and contributions! Looking forward to next year.”
We too are grateful for the many people and organizations that helped us make this a great event. We also are thankful for our community here that embraced the event and came out to enjoy the day. One person in the community shared, saying:
““Thank you to everyone from Eagles Wings Disc Golf who put their hearts, hands, and pocketbooks to work to make a difference in so many children’s (and adults) lives here in Macha! The two tournaments and the on-going interaction with the children were amazing and priceless!”
Twalumba and see you for the Zambia Open 2020!! For anyone interested in the scores for the event, they can be found here.