Morogoro Open golf championship tees off at the Morogoro Gymkhana Club course on Saturday February 12, the Tanzania Golf Union’s administrator Sophie Nyanjera confirmed yesterday.

Nyanjera said the 36-hole stroke play championship will as usual be supported by the Dar es Salaam –based Cargostars firm. The firm has maintained a unique sponsorship stranglehold since 1997 taking over from BP Tanzania.

The event is curtain raiser of the TGU calendar for the season and expected to draw top amateurs tussling for early order of merit points.

Twelve prizes have been set aside by the organizers with half of them to cater for the main event and the balance for subsidiary one.

While the main event is for low handicappers, recreational golfers and other will battle it out in the subsidiary category.

Players are expected to flock the nine-hole curse from all over the country as points earned from the event will be useful to boost national team selection.

The Tanzania national team is expected to travel all the way to Malawi to compete in the annual Africa Zone six championships later in April.

Meanwhile, Arusha Gymkhana Club amateur golfer John Leonce got off to a flying start ahead of the seasonal opener Morogoro O[pen when he won the Tanzania Golf Union’s Champion of Champions title staged at home course last  weekend.

The two-day 36-hole event saw the scratch handicapper Leonce beating nine other competitors in the highly challenging competition.

The winner brought into the club house a staggering four under par 68 on the opening round before closing with two under par for a total six under 138.

His closest challenger was club mate Elisante Lembris whose final round’s scintillating six under par 66 became the best score for the day. Lembris was out of range among the contenders for the title at the end of the opening round when he faltered to three over par 75.

Another club mate Jimmy Mollel whose opening round of two under par 70 kept him on striking distance to chase the title on the final day, shot similar score like that of Lembris to finish third on one over par total 145.

Other finishers included last season’s TGU order of merit winner Nuru Mollel whose 77 and 69 kept him off the track for the podium finish.

The event was competed by all winners of various TGU events staged the previous season.

The result boosted Leonce’s spirit for the opening season and eased disappointment he suffered when he lost the order of merit chase at the very last event to Nuru. ends

By Mohammed Ugasa, The Guardian

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