Arusha — The inaugural Kenya/Tanzania Friendship Tournament was successfully held at the Arusha Gymkhana Club on August 5. The tournament brought together 53 golfers from Kenya and Tanzania.
The Tournament was sponsored by Windhoek Lager and the Kenyan golfers from Dar es Salaam.
The top honors for division A after 18 grueling holes went to an "absentee" golfer Bobby Chadha playing off handicap 13, who won on a count back from Ms. J. Karobia and J. Ifill on 36 stableford points or level par. His handicap was adjusted to 11.
The runner up division A was J. Karobia, the immediate past President of the Tanzania Lady Golfers Union playing off handicap 14 on a score of 36 stableford points. The first runner up position went to J. Ifill playing off handicap 13, on 36 stableford points losing on count back from J. Karobia. His handicap was also adjusted to 11.
The winner division B was Col. (rtd) K. S. Kaaya playing off handicap 17 on a whopping 40 stableford points or four under par. For his good golf his handicap was adjusted to 15. The runner up position in this division went to B. Kasegenya playing off handicap 15 on a score of on 38 points. His handicap was adjusted to 13 and therefore will be playing off division A henceforth.
The first runner up position went to F. Mbuya playing off handicap 17 on 36 points, winning on count back from S. Corry. His handicap was also adjusted to 15.
The winner of the first nine was S. Corry on 20 points on a count back from R. Viggo and Jatin Sonecha. The second nine went to June Ifill on 23 points.
Piga Mingi prize went to D. Kamau on 15 points.
Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, the representative of the sponsors, Mr. Mike Shirima, who is also the Chairman Tanzania Golf Union, thanked the organizers of the tournament for a job well done and all the golfer who participated.
He congratulated the winners and noted that the Friendship Tournament had come at a time when the region is coming even closer towards deeper integration.
Speaking at the same function, the outgoing Kenya High Commissioner in Tanzania Ambassador Muburi-Muita, thanked the golfers from the two sister States for turning up in large numbers for the inaugural tournament. He underscored the need to continue building on sports as an avenue for deeper cooperation.
On another event, the inaugural Nane Nane Farmers Tournament was held at the Arusha Gymkhana Club on the 8th of August 2006. The Tournament which attracted 27 golfers was sponsored by among others Bas Bruins, Sadik Malek, H. Modhwadia, B. Kasegenya, R. Cheluget and Aziz Kassam. The event played on a cross country basis was in honor of the huge economic contribution by farmers in Tanzania.
The overall Trophy and division B prize went to J. Sonecha, playing off handicap 17 on 56 net. His handicap was adjusted to 15.
Division A winner was S. Omari playing off handicap 3 on 58 net. Runner up in this division was Olais Mollel playing off plus 2 on count back from C. Mbuya on 59 net. First runner up was C. Mbuya playing off handicap 13 on 59 net, while second runner up was B. Chuma playing off handicap 13 on 61 net.
Runner up division B was HE (rtd) M. Sarakikya playing off handicap 15 on 58 net. First runner up was M. Dzuwa playing off handicap 22 on 59 net, while second runner up was Ambassador Muburi-Muita playing off handicap 15 on 60 net.
Piga Mingi was won by M. Murage.
Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, the representative of the sponsors, Mr. Haja Modhwadia, thanked all the golfers who participated in honor of the Tanzanian farmers.
He noted that the contribution by farmers to the economy was sometimes not duly recognized and was therefore happy that the annual event will be a step in the right direction in giving farmers some limelight.
He congratulated the winners and called on more sponsorship for the next year's event to make it even a bigger tournament.