Kenya, Uganda golfers shine in NCBA Bank Tanzania Open

Minister of Information, Communication, and Information Technology Nape Nnauye (third left) presents prizes for NCBA Bank Tanzania Open professional category winner Daniel Nduva (fourth right) during the climax of the event at Kili Golf Course in Arusha. PHOTO | COURTESY

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  • Apart from Ugandan and Kenyan golfers in the top position, Tanzanian golfers, Isiaka Daudi of Lugalo Golf Club, placed second after recording 311 strokes on countback in division A

Dar es Salaam. Ugandan and Kenyan golfers have dominated the NCBA Bank Tanzania Open tournament after emerging victorious in both amateur and professional categories.

Nsubuga Godfrey of Uganda Golf Club won Division A after grossing 292; while in professional golf, Daniel Nduva of Nyali Country Club in Kenya recorded +11 in the 72 hole to win the title in the thrilling event held at Kili Golf Course last weekend.

Tanzanian golfers, Isiaka Daudi of Lugalo Golf Club placed second after recording 311 strokes on countback in division A, and third place went to another Ugandan golfer, Ibrahim Bagalana, who also recorded 311.

In professional, Nuru Mollel of Arusha Gymkhana Club placed second with +13 strokes, and Justus Madoya of Kenya’s Great Lake Valley-Naivasha Club placed third with +14 strokes.

The tournament was organized by the Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) who partnered with NCBA Bank’s title sponsors, Vodacom Tanzania, Karimjee Group (Toyota) and Serengeti Breweries Ltd.

Nduva was awarded Sh10 million for clinching the top position, while Mollel pocketed Sh4.3 million, and Madova was awarded Sh2.2 million for finishing in third.

Other golfers in the professional category were awarded between Sh900,000 and Sh294,000 for the 22nd place. In the net category, Lugalo golf club golfer Malius Kajuna placed at the top with 292 strokes, while Goodluck David of Kili Golf placed second after recording 295 strokes, respectively.

In Division B, Dismass Mungure of Kili Golf Club emerged at the top with 130 net strokes, while Paskal Gullo of TPC Golf Club placed second with 137 strokes.

In junior division A gross, Kareemm Ismail of TPDF Lugalo won top position with 333 strokes, while in junior’s division B net, Shane Pandit of Arusha Gymkhana placed at the top with 151 strokes, and Ibrahim Shila of TPC Golf Club placed second after scoring 152.

In the ladies category, Neema Olomi of Arusha Golf Club won top position after grossing 292 and was followed by Madina Iddi, also from Arusha Golf Club, who scored 307 strokes.

In the ladies net category, Loveness Mungure of Kili Golf won top position after recording 131 strokes, while Leticia Kapalila and Khadija Selemani, all from TPDF Lugalo Golf Club, placed second after recording 135 and 139 strokes, respectively.

In the seniors net, Bou Rip of Kili Golf Club emerged at the top with 147 strokes, while Simon Travers, also from Kili Golf, placed second with 149 strokes in the great tournament that attracted golfers from various countries and was staged at the very challenging Kilimanjaro Golf Course in Arusha.

TGU chairman, Gilman Kasiga, said the tournament was very exciting in both categories.

Kasiga stressed the importance of having partnerships based on mutual interests underpinned by organisations' values with a deep-rooted drive to have a positive impact. He also thanked the government for its dedication to sports development.