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King’s Golf Cup grand prize slashed

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By QONDILE SHONGWE - SWAZI TIMES-04-Sep-2009

MBABANE – In a shocking move, the grand prize money for the King’s Golf Cup has been slashed from the initial E200 000 to as low as E57 750.

The changes, also confirmed by the Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs Macford Sibandze, were made in cognizant of the professional golfers’ rule where those making the top 25 cut get a share in the tournament’s bigger cake.

However, it should be noted that the changes are contrary to the figures announced before the tournament’s patron His Majesty King Mswati 111 when the tournament was launched last week The minister said tha change was aimed at meeting the international trend where all golfers participating in a tournament went home smiling at the end of the day.

“What we have been doing in previous years was our local standard and because the tournament is international, we felt it would be right to follow international standards,” he said. The minister also confirmed that the changes in the prize breakdown had been endorsed by His Majesty King Mswati III.

The new breakdown in the prizes indicates that the runner-up will pocket slightly over E41 000, the third E29 595 while number four will pocket E23 625. The golfer in position 25 will get E5 600. Local professionals participating in the tournament gave the new set up a thumbs up and said it was time the tournament observed international trends.

Meshack Zwane said the prize breakdown was worth it, especially for the local golfers. He said it was disturbing that golfers would put effort while playing, only to find that more than half of the prize package would be given to only one person.

“This is encouraging to everyone because at the end of the day there will be something to smile home about,” he said. Echoing him was Peter Dlamini, who described the whole process as fair. He said it was good that they categorised the professionals according to their respective level as it accommodated everyone.

He said he was certain that the more than 60 per cent of the money would go to the locals, which he said was encouraging. The professionals are expected to finish playing this afternoon in preparation for the Amateurs tourney scheduled for tomorrow.


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