FOUR African countries have so far confirmed their participation in the Tanzania Ladies Open planned for end of the month at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana grounds in the city.
Tanzania Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) President, Mbonile Burton said the countries which have confirmed to compete in the 54-hole event are Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi and host Tanzania.
She said the three-day event to tee off on November 30 to December 2 still awaits confirmation from Kenya, Zambia and Rwanda which she said are expected to do so the earliest. Burton said the event is expected to attract more than 100- golfers, saying she can not give the exact number because they are still working on the logistics.
She said preparations for the event are going on well though they are facing financial hitches but her association is in discussion with various stakeholders who can join and support the tournament. Burton said TLGU needs about 16m/- to stage the event smoothly, which will cater for trophies, prizes, entertainment, meals and other administrative costs.
"We are preparing to hold our annual tournament, arrangements are going on fine, this meet, which will close the year. Our only problem so far is that we have not got the required 16m/- funds as yet," Burton added.
Initially, they had intended holding the event in Arusha but this had to change, when the former golf captain there moved away from the region and country. There was a period when it looked like the event, which was established in 1992, might not take place this year, but then a rescue plan was found.
They were pleased to say that last year's champions, Zambia, are certain to be amongst the visitors, as defenders of their title. Burton also said that they have invited men to participate during the tournament, so as to give the occasion more colour and the sport a bigger push in the country. She emphasised that as usual, this tournament is open to all age groups.