Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

21 February 2013

Tanzania: Golf Union Leadership Discourages Malinzi

THE Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) leadership has put itself in bad terms with the National Sports Council (NSC), following an alteration of the national tournaments scoring status.

The NSC, Chairman Dioniz Malinzi felt it was unwise for the national championships to adjust to the net score instead of gross, saying the changes do not give room for young players to grow. Malinzi expressed his disappointment recently in Morogoro after TGU adopted changes to all national events from gross to net (Divisions) like it is used in the club tournaments.

"I want to urge the TGU leaders to stop being selfish, we can not develop the game by turning the national events into Divisions, let's not try to satisfy those with high handicaps, whose majority are playing for fun. "We need to encourage youngsters and we can only do that by giving them chance to compete in the gross events at national level," he said.

He also expressed his disappointment after witnessing TGU Executive shunning the national event--Moro Open that ended over the weekend at the Morogoro Gymkhana Club in Morogoro. The Morogoro Open that was sponsored by Cargo Stars Ltd was played in gross, which is out of TGU order. In another development, Malinzi pointed a finger at the TGU leadership, saying they have failed to develop young players.

Malinzi said when he left the TGU office two years ago, everything was in order. "I introduced the Junior Golf Foundation and offered 5m/- to support the programme, but the current leadership is not doing enough to develop the programme. I do not see juniors promoted through the foundation," he said.

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