Morogoro — THE Tanzania Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) has pointed out lack of sponsorship as a factor behind failure by the union to identify new talents in the sport.
TLGU president, Mbonile Burton said here at the end of the TLTL Morogoro Open Golf tournament, which was a flagship event of the Ladies' Golf Union that lady golfers are finding it hard to meet costs of taking part in various local and international events.
"Most of the starters are being pegged back by lack of support and fail to hang on with their career," she said, while urging corporate companies to support the union's initiatives in promoting the sport among women in the country. The tournament held at the Morogoro Gymkhana Club (MGC) saw national Ladies golf team Captain Madina Iddi emerging the winner.
The two-day 54 holes event climaxed attracted golfers from Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Moshi and hosts Morogoro. The national team ace carded a total of 231 gross to take home the TLTC sponsored Trophy that was won by Hawa Wanyenye last year.
Hawa could not turn up to defend her title. Madina started the campaign at a slow pace, recording eight over par 81 in the first round and 77 in the second round on Saturday before she returned good score of level par 73 on the final day to overcome a tough challenge from closest challenger Angel Eaton.
Angel, one of the outstanding lady golfers in the country at the moment managed to finish second after collecting 242 (82, 82 and 78). At the championship Neema Olom from Arusha finished third with 249 (83, 82 and 84).
In the net category trophy went to the TLGU competition secretary Sherida Chilipachi with score of 209, Chiku Elias from DGC came second with 217 (73,72,72), TLGU Honorary Secretary Anita Siwale was third with 255 (75,76,74) on count back. The Annual event was sponsored by Tanzania Tobacco and Pepsi.