NCBA vows to lift golf

DAR ES SALAAM: NCBA Bank has expressed keenness to work closely with the Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) and Tanzania Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) towards the development of the sport, especially ladies and junior golfers.

NCBA Bank Group Director for Regional Subsidiaries, Gift Shoko issued the assurance over the weekend during the climax of the first-ever NCBA Golf Series held at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) in Dar es Salaam.

Shoko said NCBA were committed to take the game to the next level not only in Tanzania but also in the East African Community (EAC).

Shoko stressed the bank’s quest to bring more impact on golf development as their role is to give back to the community.

“We want to participate in the development and promotion of the game, this will begin with rediscovering talent from junior ranks and preparing them to become future top golfers,” he pledged.

“We are also willing to sponsor a ladies’ development programme in the country,” he added..

The first-ever NCBA Golf Series Dar competition saw overall winners Salim Shariff, the second-placed Seif Mcharo, and ladies’ gross winner Ayne Magombe, secure a place to represent Tanzania in the grand finale that will also involve winners from Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.

The grand finale, which is scheduled to tee off at Sigona Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya on December 1 this year, will see the top three winners (overall, men and ladies’ winners) grab 100,000 Kenyan Shillings prizes each (about 1.7m/-).

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NCBA Bank Tanzania, Claver Serumaga, said the event was one of the best NCBA series.

He said his institution was ready to work with national golf bodies and organise juniors’ series in Tanzania like they have done in Kenya.

Serumaga noted that golf in Tanzania is growing and set to go to another level, while commending organisers and participants of the series event.

“We have gathered in this event not just to celebrate the winners but to honour the spirit of sportsmanship, camaraderie and excellence that defines this great sport. We have the champions that will proudly wave our nation’s flag in Nairobi,” he said.

He said golf matters deeply to NCBA because, like the sport, the bank believes in precision, strategy and the pursuit of excellence.

“We see golf as a reflection of our values as a bank – integrity and a relentless commitment to greatness. It’s about fostering lasting connections, just as we do with our customers, building relationships that stand the test of time,” he touted.

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