AACT 2022:Brave TZ Ladies take bronze

BRAVE Tanzanian ladies finished third overall in the All Africa Challenge Trophy after losing their lead to Morocco and South Africa at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club course on Thursday.

Buoyed by Hawa Wanyeche glaring three under 69 gross, Tanzania was leading by a stroke in the first 18 holes  before squandering the lead to South Africa in the second day’s tee off.

Tanzania shared 148 lead with Kenya at the end of the first day play.

Prior to yesterday’s final tee off Tanzania was placed second behind South Africa, but ahead of Morocco by a stroke.

Tanzania had collected 301 aggregate score while leaders South Africa finished seven strokes superior to Tanzania after starting poorly with 149 aggregate score.

Yesterday’s second round saw the Tanzanian ladies, who had flying start  in the opening round  to share leaders board with Kenya on Tuesday, surrendered the lead to the defending champions going to yesterday’s final round of the 54-hole three-day tournament.

National team captain Hawa Wanyeche was the first to suffer after she grossed 79 to give her team a non-counting score.

Wanyeche was the day one’s individual leader, but couldn’t find her sparking from yesterday only Angel Eaton who grossed 75 and Madina Iddi who carved  78  strokes, gave Tanzania the 153 score,   adding to 148 score of the first day.

They have now managed a 301 aggregate score after the end of the second round.

Team Captain Wanyeche said: ” It was a difficult day, my driver was perfect but I lost all confidence in short games, I couldn’t chip or putt, I am disappointed.

Eaton added: “I’m glad that I played better than yesterday, today things went a bit well. I could play even better but the front nine holes were difficult.”

Defending champions headed to the final round with 294 score after recovering from Tuesday’s 149  to 145 yesterday.

Two South African juniors Gabrielle Venter and Bobbi Brown grossed 72 and 73 respectively to contribute to the team’s leadership.

Brown, who in day one carded 72, leads at the indicated table with 145, followed by Kenyan Naomi Wafula 70,76(146), and Wanyeche at third with 248, followed at fourth by Venter with 149.

Morocco leapfrogged Tanzania to second despite being a shot inferior to Tanzania.

Their key contributors were Rich Intisar who carded 76,74 and  Abir Taibi who penned  77,75 to claim 302 (153,149) shots.

Kenya dropped to fourth with aggregate 306 (148,158) after Wafula netted 76 and Mercy Nyanchama added 82 strokes on Tuesday.

The national team led by captain Hawa Wanyeche  is made by  Madina Iddi, Angel Eaton and Neema Olomi.

They entered the residential camp on August 25th  this year in Dar es Salaam under two coaches; Rajab Iddi and Geoffrey Leverian.

Participating teams are Nigeria, Botswana, Malawi, Uganda, Togo, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Mali, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Tanzania.

Viggo lauded the main sponsor R & A and all the sponsors including Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL), Great Lakes, Pepsi, Oryx, Prima Afro, National Internet Data Centre (NIDC), Garda World, Mohamed Enterprises Tanzania Limited (MeTL), Wadsworth, Freight & Transport, Capital Finance Ltd, Cornerstone Solutions Ltd, Savvy Fm, Liquid, Toyota Tanzania, Simba VIT and CRDB Bank for making it possible.

However, the previous individual trophy has been won by Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Ivory Coast (after a play-off with Uganda) and Madina Iddi made Tanzania proud in Ghana in 2018 after a playoff over South Africa.

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