Busy season takes local golf by storm

DAR ES SALAAM: THE busy golf season has continued to take local golf by storm as the latest invitation has been received from Women’s Golf South Africa (WGSA).

Tanzania players for the first time have been invited to take part in the 2023 South African Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

The three-day competition is scheduled to tee off from 13-15 November this year at the Parys Golf and Country Estate in Parys, South Africa.

Queen Siraki, a Tanzania Ladies Golf Union (TGU) President confirmed in Dar es Salaam on Saturday that her union has received the invitation from WGSA that they have already sent to members for consideration.

Siraki said that the event will be eligible for golfers with a maximum handicap index of 27.5.

“It is also an exceptional event as the invitation is only eligible for players 30 years of age and above at the start of the battle,” she said.

The tournament condition means that golfers who are below 30 years of age will miss the showdown.

Siraki stressed that there will also be a Senior Trophy category on which golfers 50 years of age and above at the start of the event will battle for the top honour.

“Noted the championship will be open for golfers with handicap 6.5 and below who will battle it out on the 54 holes stroke play style,” she explained.

Players with handicaps 6.6 to 15.3 will compete in the Silver Division stroke play, while those with handicaps 15.4 to 27.5 will compete in the Bronze Division for the 54-hole Stable Ford format.

Siraki added that October 30th set the deadline for those wishing to participate.

She said that since South Africa is among Africa’s top golf ranking, it is an ideal place for local golfers to test their skills and gain important international experience.

However, she understands that for the players to get there will need support from sponsors and the sports well-wishers, hence appealing for them to support individual players so that they can represent Tanzania at the prestigious event.

“This is an individual competition, as a union we always bet on them to gain important experience so that can well represent the country when it comes to international competition, so it is important to have a representative in South Africa,” she added.

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