TZ ladies eye Zambian Open conquest

THREE Tanzanian ladies eye success in the Zambia Ladies Amateurs Open Golf Championship which tees off today .

The annual 54 holes event organised by the Zambia Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) is  scheduled to tee off today at the Bonanza Golf Club in Lusaka, Zambia.

Tanzania Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) competition Secretary Hawa Wanyeche confirmed to the ‘Daily News’ in Dar es Salaam yesterday that three golfers will raise the national flag in the Zambia Open showdown.

Wanyeche named the Tanzanian envoys at the Zambia battle, as Vicky Elias from Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF) Lugalo golf club of Dar es Salaam, Aalaa Riyaz Somji from Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC) and Loveness Mungure from Kili Golf club of Arusha.

Vicky headed to Zambia after finishing overall third at the recently ended 2023 Lugalo Ladies Open and overall sixth at the 2023 Kenya Amateur Ladies Golf Open.

The three-day battle brings together over 100 golfers from six countries.

Participating countries include China, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and host Zambia.

Wanyeche said all players are in good shape and ready for the tough battle.

“I wish all our representatives at Zambia Ladies Open all the best, play well and enjoy your stay in Zambia,” said Wanyeche.

The TLGU Vice President, Ayne Magombe,  has also wished the best Tanzania players at the tournament.

The ladies have a big task in the prestigious event with top contenders, including the defending champions; the host, Annie Nsama, won the title last year and missed a local golfer’s service.

Wanyeche said the event will help golfers to sharpen their skills against other top players across the globe.

Since it is an open tournament for individual golfers, she said many would like to participate too, but financial constraints prevented them.

The order of merit event has been pooled into four categories, including Championship (handicap 0 -12), Division A (handicap 13-20), Division B (handicap 21-36) at 54 holes showdown and triers Division (handicap 37-42) who will battle for only 18 holes.

Also, there will be seniors above 50 and juniors under 18 categories and optional team competition for those wishing to compete in that category.

In two weeks, Tanzania golfers enter another challenge since heroine Madina Iddi played impressively to win the 2023 Kenya Amateur Ladies Golf Open at the Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya.

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