Madina conquers Ghana Ladies Open

THE country’s lady golf heroine Madina Iddi won her first title in Ghana by winning the Ghana Amateurs Ladies Open Championship at Celebrity Golf Club.

The event that ended at Sakumono, Ghana, over the weekend saw the gallant Tanzanian leading by ten shots overnight and finishing her final round with a one-under-par 71 to claim the title by 18 shots.

She beat a strong field from seven countries, including host Ghana, Uganda, Togo, and Nigeria.

From Arusha Gymkhana Club, Madina started slowly with 77 gross, then grossed 76  strokes on the second day before returning an impressive one under par  71 gross in the closing round to stamp a 224- aggregate score.

Following the victory, Tanzania Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) president Queen Siraki told the ‘Daily News’, “We have won the first position in the Ghana Ladies  Open. We dominated the top three, with Madina Idd being the overall winner. Ayne Magombe finished third in the 54-holes scratch event!

“If not all, our very own Yasmin Chali secured the fifth position in the 36 holes stroke play event! On behalf of TLGU and the golf fraternity, we congratulate our ladies for this spectacular representation and win! We walk proud because of you.”

Speaking to the ‘Daily News’ from Ghana yesterday, Madina said the tournament went on well as her expectations of winning and increasing WAGR (World Amateur Golf Ranking) women’s points have come true.

“The course was difficult, with so many obstacles, it needed to be much more clever in overcoming its challenges.

“One big challenge was the green; it’s too fast to control a putt But all in all, I have enjoyed playing on it, and the last day is the one I have enjoyed the most,” she stressed.

It is the second title for Madina this year in her second international onslaught.

She went to Ghana with an ambition to add another trophy to her cabinet after putting the country into the spotlight when she won the 2023 Kenya Amateur Ladies Golf Open Champions by two strokes.

In May this year, the annual 54-hole three-day competition at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya, saw Madina overcoming a stiff challenge to win the title with an aggregated 222 (78,74,70) score.

A former national team member, who is also the Vice-President of TLGU, Ayne Magombe was also all but smile after finishing third overall.

Ayne, who intends to return to her best, grossed 79, 85, and 81  strokes to stamp 245 aggregate strokes to finish behind the second-placed Bernice Esi Dzitowoko of Ghana.

Tanzania was represented by three golfers in the competition. The third golfer was the TLGU honourary secretary, Yasmin Chali who also did well in the bronze category.

The golfers thanked TLGU and all golfers for their prayers and support that results in success.

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