Having been approached by the Tanzania Golf Union (TGU), Kiligolf was selected to host the Tanzania Open from the 12th to the 14th of August. With players from all over East Africa taking part, the largest golf event on Tanzania's golfing calendar was a great success!
The event saw three grueling days of non-stop golf, with tee-off starting as early as 7am. Over 154 professional and amateur players fought hard to be named overall winner of the prestigious Tanzania Open (that dates back to the 1950's where it was known as the Tanganyika Open).
With tensions running high, and only a single stroke dividing the winners from the runners-up in both the professional and amateur divisions, the final day was a buzz of excitement! Tanzania's own Victor Joseph found himself cartwheeling into the lake surrounding the 18th island green after his chip ended up in the hole, and he finished his round with a top score! Would it be enough to win the Amateur division?
A special visit from the honourable Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Nape Nnauye on the final day - who played a casual round of golf himself with one of Kiligolf's Directors Jerome Bruins - made the event that much more memorable! Minister Nape Nnauye was not only blown away by Kiligolf's fantastic course, but also promised to give his full support to growing the game of golf in Tanzania.
Whilst the Minister enjoyed his round, Kiligolf's Golf Manager Rory Elliot and his team counted up scores to see who would be taking the Tsh 6,000,000 cash prize home, and who would be named this year's Tanzania Open Champion.
A late prize giving commenced with speeches from Kiligolf's Men's Captain Simon Travers, and the TGU Chairman Joseph Tango. The title sponsors FNB and Jack Daniels were then invited to present the professional division winner's cheque to Jacob Okello from Kenya, who was named winner with 295 strokes! Kenyan dominance continued in the professional division with Simon Ngige in 2nd place with 298, Tony Omuli in 3rd place with 299, and Justus Madoya in 4th with 306. 5th place was tied by Uganda's Philip Kasozi and Kenya's Dismas Indiza with 307. Simon Ngige also made professional course record with 69 strokes.
The honourable Minister Nape Nnauye was then asked to present the Amateur winner's prize - the Tanzania Open trophy. With a score of 302, Robinson Owiti from Kenya was named overall Amateur winner - just 1 stroke less than Tanzania's Victor Joseph who came a close 2nd with a score of 303! In 3rd place was Tanzania's Eric Nyenza with 306 strokes, and in tied 4th was Tanzania's Abas Adam and Kenya's John Kamau. A special shout out must go to Kiligolf's very own Caddie Master Isaac Wanyeche who came 5th with a score of 312. Isaac also made Amateur course record with 69 strokes.
Another special cheque of Tsh 1,000,000 was awarded by Minister Nape Nnauye to Kiligolf's Mr Kessy to go towards the Kiligolf Community Development Programme. Kiligolf works closely with Kwaugoro, Migadini, Maroroni and Kitefu villages to provide education, employment and health facilities, and this kind donation will ensure we can continue to help these people overcome the hardships of Africa.
Prizes for all the other divisions were as followed:
Amateur B division (Gross)
1st: Noel Mheni (184)
2nd: Alex Rechsteiner (181)
3rd: Fadhil Hussein (180)
Amateur C division (Gross)
1st: Adrian Roelofs (190)
2nd: Shaizad Bhanji & Rajveer Singh (192)
3rd: David Rechsteiner (199)
Ladies division (Gross)
1st: Neema Olomi (167)
2nd: Christine Flentge (210)
3rd: Saskia Rechsteiner (231)
Junior Boys Winner (Gross): Manraj Chadha (183)
Junior Ladies Winner (Gross): Celina Patel (219)
Senior Winner (Gross): Tony Frisby (178)
A huge congratulations must go out to all the professionals and amateurs who traveled far and wide to attend this year's Tanzania Open at Kiligolf. It was a great pleasure to see so many ladies and junior players take to the course, and we hope to see even more of you next year. An enormous thank you must also go out to all the fantastic sponsors that made such an event possible. We look forward to continuing our partnerships well into the future.
For more pictures, check out the Tanzania Open page on the Kiligolf website by clicking here.
See you next year!