29 January 2013

Tanzania: Lugalo Open Winds Up

THE 2012 Lugalo Open golf tourney climaxed at the weekend at the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) Lugalo course in Dar es Salaam, with Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) golfer Michael Makala scooping the top honour.

Makala, handicap-5, was handed a Division A trophy and other prize from the event's sponsor after firing exciting seven under par net 137 in the two-day event that brought together more than 60 golfers from different local clubs.

Lugalo's Abdallah Yusuph, handicap-4, settled for second position with 147 in the stroke play event. Playing off handicap- 17 Christopher Kisoma also had impressive score of 8-under par net 136 to take the B Division trophy. The runners-up spot went to 18-handicapped Mtabile Kagisa, with 148.

In Division C, Lugalo's Noel Mheni, playing off handicap 20 carded 150 to win the group on countback against club mate, Joseph Otieno, handicap 25, after all returned the same score. In the Ladies event, DGC ace Angel Eaton, handicap-5, carded 151 to win the trophy as her compatriot Vicky Elias, handicap 11, won the runner-up spot with 153.

Crescencia Kavula and Hadija David returned 158 each to take the first and second junior prize respectively. Meanwhile, TPC club ace Ally Mcharo, playing off scratchy handicap won gross prize after he carded three-over par 147.

He started with 74 in the first round only to improve by a shot in the final 73 to win it by five strokes against his club mate Martin Macdonald 152 (73, 77). The tournament was a huge success due to the participation of sponsors SBC Tanzania Limited through its Pepsi brand. Fiti Gwebe, SBC head of Corporate Affairs had the opportunity to present the winners with trophies and a range of prizes.

He said his company was grateful to be associated with the tournament. On his side, Lugalo Club Captain, Samuel Hagu expressed his gratitude towards the event sponsor, saying that without them the tourney would not have achieved the desired goal. He also commended participants, especially, those who came from upcountry regions.

The tournament had initially been scheduled for last year but was pushed back due to financial constraints and Hagu remained optimistic the 2013 edition will be staged as planned.

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