Five Ugandan top players, including their national team members, have confirmed participation in this year’s Tanzania Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship scheduled for September 21 -22 at the Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC).
Organised by Tanzania Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) in collaboration with AGC, the tournament also expects entries from other neighbouring countries Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe which have been invited.
TLGU honorary secretary Anita Siwale told the ‘Daily News’ from Morogoro that Uganda is the first country to confirm and has submitted names of the participants.
“We are happy to confirm that we have already received five entries from Uganda that include their national team players,” she said.
Siwale named the Ugandan top players as East African Challenge Trophy individual champion Flavia Namakula, handicap-01, Eva Magala, handicap-05, Irene Nakalembe, handicap-06 and Uganda Ladies Golf Union (ULGU) president Jasper Kamukama, handicap-06.
Also in the list is junior player Judith Komugisha, handicap-14. “We also expect more entries from other countries by the weekend,” Siwale said.
The confirmation of Ugandan top players, who missed last year’s event, adds competitiveness and stiff challenge to the hosts who are keen on keeping the title.
Defending champion Angel Eaton, Hawa Wanyeche from Dar Gymkhana Club and host Madina Iddi are among local top golfers expected to battle it out to keep the title in the country. Angel won the title last year when the event was held at the DGC after firing 229 (75, 77 and 77).
Zambian national team player Naik Divashi was the latest visitor to win the title in 2011 at the Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) Lugalo course.
Ugandan will be searching for their first title in Tanzania after failing to do so for several years. Siwale pointed out that her union and hosts AGC are still looking for sponsors to ensure the tournament runs successfully and appealed to public and private institutions, companies and wellwishers to come forward and support the event.
“We expect to have a memorable event and well hosted,” she said. “We, therefore, appeal to the government, institutions, companies and well-wishers to support us achieve our goal.
“This is the biggest ladies golf event in the country and is the best avenue for testing local top players against others but we bank on the support of those who wish our union the best of success.”
By MBONILE BURTON, Tanzania Daily News