SOUTH Africa got off to a good start and grabbed the lead at the three-day Ladies Regional All Africa Challenge Golf Tournament yesterday at the Maseru Golf Club.
Five countries, namely Namibia, Swaziland, Namibia, South Africa and Lesotho are represented at the tournament which roared into life yesterday and is expected to end tomorrow.
The four member South African team scored 141 points to take the lead on the first day with Zimbabwe trailing in second on 145 points.
Lesotho was third after scoring 166 points.
Swaziland and Namibia are fourth and fifth with 172 and 176 points respectively.
Team Lesotho coach, Motlalentoa Moloi said his team fared well and expressed hope that they would improve.
“It was a good first day for us and I must admit our performance was very good,” Moloi said, adding, “It is just that they were playing against very experienced sides such as South Africa and Zimbabwe but I am confident we will do much better in the coming days”.
He said the scores were taken from the best two in each team of four players at the 18th hole.
Meanwhile, the tournament organising committee chairperson Motselisi Ramakoae told the Lesotho Times that everything had gone according to plan “and the ladies have showed lot of interest and commitment in their game”.
“We have good (local) players and this is their chance to prove themselves and this tournament is good as it will give them exposure.
“We hope the trophy will stay in the country although we know it’s not going to be easy for our team.”
Ramakoae said those women who failed to make it into the national team would get their chance to play in the Ladies Open tournament on Saturday.
She said this would be the first ever Ladies Open Tournament in the country.