TANZANIA is among East and Central African countries that have received invitation to compete at this year’s Uganda Ladies Open Golf Stroke Play Championship scheduled to be held from 9-11 July in Kampala.
The annual tournament is normally played in October, but the Uganda Ladies Golf Union (ULGU) has decided to push it back to July, this time.
The Tanzania Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) honorary Secretary, Anita Siwale, told the ‘Sunday News’ on Saturday that ULGU have invited the national golfers to the open championship.
Siwale said that ULGU secretary Samalie Naikomba confirmed that the tournament will be held in July. “We have received an invitation from ULGU to participate in the tournament that has changes this time around,” she said.
Siwale said the 54 holes competition will be played over three days as usual. She quoted Naikomba saying “There are changes in the dates of the tournament that shifted from October to July, because the ULGU is now working together with the Uganda Golf Union (UGU).”
“We request you to create space for these dates on your golf calendars. Please inform all ladies in your various clubs, more details of the Open will be communicated.”
Naikombe insisted her union will be glad to receive golfers from all over the region. But the two times champion Tanzanian Angel Eaton is likely to miss this year’s tournament for several reasons. Eaton lifted the title two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, but lost it last year to hosts Flavia Namakula.
The top national ladies golf team members Eaton and Madina Iddi were among top players at the 2014 event held at the Kitante Golf Club in Kampala, Uganda last October.
But the pre-tournament favourite Eaton collected a total of 229 gross, the same she posted a year before when she won the trophy, but was not enough to give her title again as she finished second to Namakula.
The hosts Namakula expects to hold it once again after she won the title carding a total of 217 (72, 71, and 74). Tanzania will bank their hope on national team ace Madina Iddi, who finished third last year at the event, carding 233 (76,81,76). National team captain Hawa Wanyeche, who missed last year event is expected to be available this year.
Iddi will look for another success in Uganda after winning the Entebbe Ladies Open title in 2012.
Source : Tanzania Daily News