TANZANIA golf team has improved its score by six strokes at the end of the second round of this year’s All Africa Golf Team Championship in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
The national team members carded 234 joint gross score from the best three performers at the Elephant Hills Golf Club to jump one place to 13th position in the field of 15 countries, collecting 474 total gross strokes from 240 strokes they carded in the opening round.
Tanzania Golf Union(TGU) Chairman, Joseph Tango told the ‘Daily News’ from Zimbabwe that the joint score came from the team captain, Victor Joseph, who this time impressed with 74 strokes, Amani Saidi who penned 79 strokes and Seif Mcharo who returned 81 strokes for the team.
Richard Mtweve, who had a flying start in the opening round with 76 gross, could not maintain his fine form in the second round after also returning non-counting 81 strokes. Tango said players are in good condition, despite facing a tough opposition. He said that they are still troubled with a hot and dry Victoria Falls weather.
“The weather is big challenge to all players, it is too hot, but the team work hard and try to improve each round,” said Tango. The four national team members under Coach Hassan Kadio, the team arrived in Victoria Falls three days before the competition to acclimatise the course, but it did not work out effectively.
Competing teams were in action at the third round yesterday with the final round set for today. Meanwhile, Clayton Man sfield, Matt Saulez and Malcolm Mitchell stretched South Africa’s overnight lead to keep the country’s title defence on track.
The trio combined for seven-under-par 199 in Wednesday’s second round to increase the team’s advantage in the 15-nation biennial event to 19 strokes. South African Golf Association (SAGA) vice-president Naadir Agherdien was quoted saying they impressed by the team’s determination to succeed.
“The lads really made us proud so far,” said Agherdien. “They never give up and they turned adversity into opportunity out there on a difficult course in scorching conditions today.”
Teams Leaderboard – Round 2 are 420- South Africa (211, 209), 439- Egypt (219,220), 440- Zimbabwe (225,215), 441-Reunion (222,221), 446-Swaziland (226,220), 454-Tunisia (229,225), 455-Zambia (226,229), 456-Kenya (224,232), 461-Uganda (236,225), 463-Mauritius (230,233), 468-Ghana (228,240), 469- Namibia (239,230), 474-Tanzania (240,234), 478-Botswana (234,244) and at bottom with 514 is Angola (254 260)