13 February 2013

Tanzania: Dar Golfer Braces for Stiff Kenya Open

TANZANIA's representative in the 2013 Barclays Kenya Open Golf tournament Hassan Kadio will be on the course for top honour at Kenyan Capital Nairobi tomorrow as the tournament tees off.

The four-day 72 holes event is scheduled to end on Saturday at the Karen Golf & Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya. Kadio left Dar es Salaam for Nairobi last Sunday and he will be the only country's flag bearer at the tournament, which brings together top professional golfers from around the world.

He is the golfer with experience but this will be the first time for Kadio to rub shoulders against top contenders from around the globe; with participants from Africa, Europe, America and Asia registered for the same. Kadio is optimistic that he will register good results in Nairobi after an intensive training for the big meet thanks to support from individuals who contributed for his trip.

The Professional Golfers Association of Tanzania (PGAT) Chairman, Ali Ismail, told the 'Daily News' in Dar es Salaam that all went well for Kadio. "Thanks to individuals who supported the golfer, we have managed to meet Kadio's needs at the tournament," he said.

He added that the golfer is well prepared and was looking forward for the tournament. Kadio told this paper that he is doing well in training and was ready for the championship. He said that he needed at least three days to practise at Karen Golf & Country course before the tournament. Kadio is bracing for a stiff competition from more than 100 golfers, including 22 Kenyan professionals, who will also be battling for the top honours during the event.

During his amateur heydays, Kadio managed to win the 2004 Diani Beach Masters in Kenya. Meanwhile, latest news from Kenya said that, Daniel Vancsik will be hoping a return to the Karen Country Club, the scene of his last European Challenge Tour victory, will spur him onto glory at the 2013 Barclays Kenya Open. The Argentinean is the only man in this week's field to have won at Karen Country Club, which hosts the €195,000 tournament after a four-year absence.

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