IT was a brilliant evening for the national golf star Madina Iddi, who once again stamped her authority in a golf showdown at Arusha Gymkhana course.
Iddi, who played off handicap 3, won this year’s Arusha Open Golf Championship 2016 after netting 149 total strokes in the 36-hole tournament over the weekend.
“My winning was made possible by dedication and consistent exercise,” said Madina, explaining further that, most women avoided golf thinking it was an exclusive sporting event for men, while others believe it is difficult to play.
The event’s overall runner up was Neema Olomi also from Arusha Gymkhana Club who penned 159 nett score ahead of Leah Nicholas and Lightness James. But the event also featured the mixed teams slots in which men and women paired.
Under this category Jivan Mourad who partnered with Lightness James emerged the winner after returning 41stableford points. Second overall in the category was Abby Omar who paired with Madina Iddi to chalk 38 stableford points.
The golfers in the mixed team 2, featuring Celina Patel and Ayush Nathwan finished the top with 39 stableford points, followed by Gloria Mbaguta who paired with Perfect Ruta to score 37 points.
The Arusha Open Ladies Golf championship attracted 54 players from various clubs around East Africa with Kenya fielding a total of 12 players, Uganda fielded two golfers and the rest were from Tanzanian clubs. Local clubs that participated in this year’s event included the hosts Arusha Gymkhana, Kilimanjaro Golf Estate of Usa-River and the Lugalo Golf Club of Dar es Salaam.
The Arusha Gymkhana Club Lady Captain, Lucy Vrontamitis said the turn up was good and it was encouraging to see neighbouring countries showing great support, especially Kenya whose golfers played a brilliant game.
“The Arusha Golf Open will now become an annual event drawing golfers from all countries of East Africa,” she said. She insisted plans were underway to encourage lady golfers from East and Central Africa. Other regional members, Rwanda and Burundi didn’t participate this year.
Written By: YASINTA AMOS in Arusha