Jessica gets African prizeBy: STAFF REPORTER
NAMIBIA’S Jessica Dreesbeimdieke managed a joint 42nd position at the recent British Open Junior Golf Tournament and was awarded the Africa Challenge plate.
Her compatriot, Likius Nande could only master a joint 93rd posting in treacherous conditions at the Fairhaven Golf Course in Northern England.
The tournament was contested by122 top juniors from 61countries, who struggled for a grip on the slippery surface.
According to Namibia Junior Golf Foundation president Trevor Britten, both Namibian players gave their best.
“We were happy with both of them in the conditions they had to face,” Britten said.
Britten noted that Nande was visibly upset with himself, “but for a guy who lives in Swakopmund where he only learns about rain in school, this was a respectable score in the conditions presented for play”.
At the prize giving, the top junior players from each continent were chosen, net scores were used and Dreesbeimdieke came up trumps winning the African trophy ahead of other participants from other African nations including Nigeria, Zambia, Swaziland, Botswana, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Uganda and the normally unstoppable South Africa.
“Darren Clark, the 2011 Open champion was present to hand each player a participation medal and say a few encouraging words. This was a great honour and thrill for all the young golfers,” said Britten.
“They [Jessica and Likius] thoroughly enjoyed their days there, seeing their heroes on the course and collecting many autographs.”