Likius looking to go pro
13 June 2020 | Sports
Likius Nande; Namibian golfer; “I will have to wait and see how everything goes before making a final decision.”
Swakopmund-raised amateur golfer Likius Nande (26) is fostering plans to turn professional next year, if the prevailing Covid-19 situation improves.
The 2018 Namibia Annual Sports Awards Sport Star of the Year, said he moved to Windhoek at the beginning of the year to improve his game.
“I want to work harder on the quality of my game. The course is a bit busier and I get the chance to practice with professional golfers, some of whom I grew up looking up to.”
Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 and its impact on sports, Likius says he will have to wait and see how things pan out before making a final decision about his future as a golfer.
“The plan is to turn professional next year. However, I will have to wait and see how everything goes before making a final decision.”
The golfer currently has a handicap of plus two.
Likius won the Windhoek Lager Africa jacket Golf Championship in 2018 and defended this title successfully in 2019 by clinching the Rössmund Open that year. He has also broken course records at the Windhoek Country Club Golf Course, with a 10 under par round as well as the Walvis Bay Golf Course where he played a 7 under par round.
He is currently ranked third in Namibia and was a member of the Namibian team that took second place at the 2019 Africa Region 5 Golf Tournament.
Eddy Hangula, who is a golf teaching professional, introduced Likius to golf in 2007.
“I have since worked with different coaches who are mainly from South Africa. They are the ones who sharpened my golfing game,” he said.
Likius says his biggest strength is his driving ability as well as his mental strength, which helps him handle pressure.
His routine before a big tournament involves working on his game mentality and hitting some balls on the driving range.
He recently secured a deal to become the brand ambassador of Chubby Waters, a 100% Namibian owned mineral water brand.
He urged local corporates to invest in athletes.
“I dream of making it in life with my talent. I am slightly disadvantaged because of funds, but believe anything is possible. Helping athletes can really bring about positive change,” he said.