Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Moro Golf Open Set for a Tee Off Thursday

MOROGORO Gymkhana Club course is ready to host the 2013 Morogoro Open Championship, which tees off next weekend at the Club's course.

The Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) event is organised by Morogoro Gymkhana Club with the Cargo Stars taking a major sponsorship role in the event that is scheduled to tee off from February 15th to 17th.

The hosts' captain, Anita Sisal, told the 'Daily News on Saturday' that this year's event has attracted amateur and professional golfers from different local based clubs. At least ten local pros and over 80 amateurs golfers are expected to showcase their skills in the national tournament that is also the order of merit event.

Pros will battle it out for three days in 54 holes and 36-hole event is set for amateurs. Anita said the event is open to ladies, gentlemen and juniors with a Certified Congu Handicap. Wednesday, February 13 is set as the deadline for those who wish to take part. Professional golfers who had so far registered for the event include senior Salim Mwanyenza, Salum Dilunga, Rodrick John and Yassin Salehe, while in amateur Ambassador Salehe Tambwe was the first person to register.

With less than a week before the tournament commences, senior pro Mwanyenza told this paper yesterday that he is currently undergoing an intensive training to conquer the youngsters. "I want to win the Morogoro title, I've started practice for that, I know I have everything it takes to do so," he said.

The veteran said he feels now than ever ready for the three days 54 holes pro battle. Budding star Dilunga said that he will keep the spirit and ensure he wins it. "I'm determined to maintain my impressive training form and snatch the title," said Dilunga, who had just started practice after months out of the course.

"I just started training, I was out of the course since last November, but everything looks so well in practice and hope this will continue until the Morogoro event. I really need to win it and start well the year," he said. John is also upbeat ahead of the challenge and he has promised to improve his performance, after failing to impress in the last year's events.

Meanwhile, the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club has organized the Foursomes format golf tournament at the club course today. According to the captain, Akhil Yusufali, the type of foursome format requires a partner, so he appealed to each golfer to arrange for a playing partner.

He explained: "Two players form a team and hit alternate shots at each hole until they are all out. One player tees off at the even holes and one on the odd holes. Handicap allowance is half of the combined total of both players. We will play to strict rules of match play golf!"

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