COMPANIES and individuals have been requested to support Tanzania Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) preparations for the national team's trip to Lusaka, Zambia to defend their East & Central Africa Regional Challenge Trophy title.
The Zambia Ladies' Golf Union has been given the mandate to host the 2013 E&CARCT competition, which will be teeing off at the Lusaka Golf Club from June 3rd to 5th this year. The event will be followed by the Zambia Ladies Open from June 7th to 9th at the same course.
The TLGU Honorary Secretary Anita Siwale told the 'Daily News' from Morogoro that her union needs at least 25m/-, to cover for six return tickets to Zambia for four players and two officials, team training camp, golf attire/accessories and accommodation.
Countries expected to make it to the bi-annual tournament are Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Tanzania and host Zambia. "We are looking for sponsorship that will help us cater for preparation expenses as we bid to win the third consecutive title," she said.
Tanzania won the inaugural tournament in 2009 at Kitante Golf Club in Kampala, Uganda after they collected 710 strokes, before successfully defending the title at the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) Lugalo Course, Dar es Salaam two years later after returning 719 strokes.
Tanzania national team captain Madina Iddi surprised many, when she won individual trophy with her 232 strokes at Lugalo as Zambian veteran Hilda Edwards won the first trophy in 2009 with 233 strokes. Siwale pointed out that Tanzania still has strongest team in the regional, but only needs support and adequate training to make history of lifting the title three times in a row.
She appealed to well-wishers and companies to come forward and support them. "We also know other countries especially hosts Zambia will be training hard to make it difficult for us to retain the title, we should go there well prepared," she said. The East & Central Africa Regional Challenge Trophy was introduced in 2009 in Kampala, Uganda.
The purpose of this tournament was to give opportunity to more countries to experience the hosting of a major championship and prepare their team for the prestigious All Africa Challenge Trophy. Each national team will send four players.
The teams compete in a 54-hole stroke play event played over three days of 18 holes each. The best three gross scores each round count for each country's score. The country with the lowest gross score over the three rounds is declared winner of the team event.