NATIONAL team coach Hassan Kadio was all but smiles after emerging Moshi Open professional golfer’s category winner by two shots at the Moshi Gymkhana Club, Kilimanjaro region yesterday.
Professional golfers have been invited to feature in the national Moshi Open championship that brings together over 90 golfers including amateurs from local clubs and neighbouring Kenya.
The championship is organised by the Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) and hosts club. The professionals started the 36 holes battle for the cash prizes on Friday and yesterday, while amateurs are set to wind up today at the same course.
Kadio from Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) started the final round six shots adrift the overnight leader, a Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) Lugalo club golfer, Nuru Mollel.
He started with five-over 76 gross, but had to work hard to amend his mistakes and carded an impressive level-71 gross at the last round to seal the victory. Kadio emerged the winner after collecting a total of 147 gross at the championship sponsored by Insurance Group of Tanzania (IGT) and co-sponsored by Bonite Bottlers Limited event.
Nuru, who started well with an impressive score of one-under 70 gross in the first round, which remained pros best round, endured difficult second round after he carded 79 to aggregate 149 two shots behind the winner, to finish second.
Fadhil Nkya, who also started well with 73 could not maintain his good form to close with 77 (150) at the third position, while Rajabu Pembe carded 76 in each round to collect a total 152 at fourth position.
Other pros and their score were Elisante Lembrice (75, 78 (153), Iddi Mzaki 78, 75 (153), Frank Roman 77, 78 (155), Geoffrey Leverian 75, 81 (156), Salum Dilunga 81, 77 (158), John Leonce 75, 84 (159), Jimmy Mollel 81, 78 (159), Salim Mwanyenza 82, 79 (161) and Athumani Chiundu 77, 86 (163). Senior professional Mwanyenza said: “It was well organised, I’m happy returned to Moshi after several years, the course improved a lot, but little effort has to be done in greens.”
Pembe also said: “It is good event; I think some of the golfers were over confident or too ambitious that is why they found themselves in trouble after starting well.”