KILIMANJARO: TANZANIA Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) has been satisfied with the ladies’ performance after recent sparking at the Uganda Ladies Open in Kampala, Uganda and the TPC Open Tournament ended in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region over the weekend.
National Team star, Madina Iddi, impressed with the overall second winner carded an aggregate of 222 a shot drift to overall Uganda Ladies Open champions at the Kampala Golf Course over the weekend.
Tanzania was represented by nine golfers at the 54 holes Uganda showdown that brought together top players from hosts Uganda, Malawi, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Japan who were also battling for the WAGR (World Amateur Golf Ranking) women’s points.
Queen Siraki, the TLGU President complemented local players and said that they did a wonderful job, putting the country into the spotlight.
In-form Madina aggregated 222 over a three-round battle to miss the overall title by a shot on the hand of champion hosts Peace Kabasweka who shot 221, while other national team member, Vicky Elias shot 243 to finish at 11th.
The national team members used the event as a trial ready for the forthcoming East and Central All Africa Challenge Trophy (EACAACT) set to tee off from 30th October to 3rd November this year at Kigali Golf Resort and Villas in Rwanda.
Madina started the event five shots off the pace to overnight leaders who were eventually champions after carding 73 gross.
Peace was unstoppable after her flying start with a 68 in the first round.
But Madina managed to pull one back with 74 second round as Peace had 75 to go into closing round four shots off the pace.
Her fighting spirit almost paid off, managed to level the score and went all square until 17 holes, but a bad bunker shot at the final hole let Madina down as she dropped a shot to finish with 75 and let Peace who closed with 78 to seal the victory by a shot.
Madina said: “I want to thank the fellow Tanzanian golfers who we were in Uganda; their support gave me the courage to fight, thanks to all the ladies back home prayers and encouragement words help a lot. I tried hard but always there is next time. I will come back next year to finish where I have left.”
Apart from Madina TLGU honorary secretary Yasmin Chali led by example nett bronze title, former TLGU vice president Anitha Siwale finished second.
Also, in the Uganda winning list is TLGU vice president Ayne Magombe a Silver nett runner-up.
Back in Tanzania national team member Neema Olomi emerged as the TPC Open Ladies gross winner. In contrast, the net winner title went to Stella Emmanuel, runner-up – Lucy Kimambo and the longest driver was Lina Francis.