KENYAN top professional golfer Dismas Indiza is the foreign golfer to confirm participation in the Tanzania Open Golf Championship ahead of its official tee off on November 10 at Kili Golf & Wildlife Resort course in Usa River, Arusha.
This year’s round of Tanzania Open is expected to field top professional and amateur players from all countries making the East African Community. Indiza one of the greatest golfers in the region said his aim is to downsize all his opponents and claim the Tanzania Open Golf title.
Organised by Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) and the Kili Golf & Wildlife Resort, the annual golf tournament is scheduled to kick off from 10-13 November this year.
Reports from Kenya said Indiza has begun an early preparation in his endeavour to dominate the regional golf circuit as the professional level.
Indiza comes to Northern Tanzania golf circuit after missing the recently held Uganda Open and Diani Beach Masters tournaments, both tournaments drew a huge entry from across the East Africa. He said that an early preparation will do him good and enable him win the top prize though he knows of a tough work ahead.
The organisers have set 17m/- as cash prize tag for professional golfers as top players from all over the continental have been invited at the event. Long hitter Indiza, is among the key figures at the regional level tournament and he is coming to show it in Arusha.
In the last year event, Kenyan Jacob Okello won the professional category after hitting an aggregate 298 strokes in 74, 74, 71 and 76 gross scores. But, is not going to be an easy task as he is likely to get stiff opposition from local pros including the national golf team Coach, Hassan Kadio, Jimmy Mollel and his young brother Nuru just to mention but a few.
Kadio was the only Tanzanian who managed to make a cut at Diani Beach Masters, while Jimmy had his best professional run at Uganda Pro Open last month. Mollel said he is working in it to ensure his good run is maintained even at the Kili course.
The professional category will be one of the main events in the tournament alongside the amateur event. Golfers with handicap 9 and below can vie for the professional golfer title and will play in the three-day tournament covering 72 holes.
The amateur category’s reigning champion, Robinson Owiti of Kenya who won in aggregate 302 (80, 74, 75, 73) last year is also expected to be there to defend his title.
But he is also going to face an uphill task to claim the title against the national team captain, Victor Joseph who finished second last year with 303 aggregate score in 79, 76, 69, 79 strokes.
Joseph will be a man to beat after his current fine-form, he overpowered Owiti to finish second at the just ended Kenya Open Amateur Championship in Mombasa with aggregate 291 (80,72,67,72), while Owiti finished 12th with aggregate 310 (78, 76, 73,83).