The bi-annual revolving Ladies’ Regional All Africa Challenge Trophy (RAACT) this year is going to take place on the Mountain Kingdom soil.
The games will tee off from the 5th to the 7th of April 2017 and all the games are set to be played at Maseru Golf Club course.
Breaking the news to Informative Sport last week, tournament manager and vice secretary-general of Maseru Golf Club, Lebohang Rasethunts’a, said apart from the host country, teams from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Namibia will participate while Botswana’s confirmation is still pending.
Rasethunts’a also mentioned that due to ineluctable reasons, Mozambique and Angola would miss this opportunity. She added that the games will be followed by the Lesotho Ladies Open on Saturday April 8.
She pointed out that Lesotho was given the opportunity to host this tournament after it took part in this tournament, held in South Africa in 2013 and Namibia in 2015. This will be the first time Lesotho is hosting the tournament.
She also added that everything regarding the preparations was on track and the organisers were looking forward to more women participating.
“After this tournament there is a hope that more women will join the sport to increase the number of women in golf,” she said.
In order to boost the significance of the tournament, she said, they were planning to invite He Majesty the Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso and order women in leadership positions in the country to attend.
In addition, she said, the tournament will also contribute a lot to the country’s tourism and the economy.
On the other hand the Lesotho national golf coach, Motlalepula Moloi firmly assured this paper that the lady golfers were ready for the pressure to fight for victory at their own home soil.
“The standard of play of these women has improved to a more promising level and I believe even their opponents are going to be surprised by this.
“I know people will expect us fight to win the tournament, but in golf to one has to pass some stages for him or her to come to the position to play for a win. Now we are looking more at improving our golfers’ handling of the game,” disclosed Moloi.
Moloi did not hesitate to point out that their sport is faced with a huge financial problem as one of the most expensive sports worldwide. He said it is hard for their players to get enough practice as compared to that of other countries.
On that point he said it was even harder for them to train enough upcoming golfers for future use and to select for these kind of tournaments. He said the only way for this sport to grow in the country is via support from the government and private sectors.
RAACT was introduced in 2005 with the aim to benefit golfers in preparation of the All African Challenge Trophy (AACT) which is the key event. It was inaugurated in 1992 and now it has grown to become the most prestigious amateur ladies golf tournament on the continent of Africa. The AACT was held in Tunisia last year and next year Ghana will be the host. Lesotho only attended the AACT that was held in Botswana in 2012.