IT was all but smile for Tanzanian youth, Jay Nathwani after he was awarded Africa’s best junior golfer at the World Open Golf Championship at the Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club, Scotland on Wednesday.
Nathwani beat other 17 juniors from 11 African countries who took part at the biannual competition. He was the only Tanzanian golfer at the event, while some countries fielded two golfers.
Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC) official, Karmali Hussein informed the ‘Daily News’ yesterday the club was delighted to see its members winning the unique title by a single stroke. The member of AGC, Nathwani, who plays off handicap 12, netted a total of 156 strokes, 85 in the first 18 holes before returning a superb two under 71 strokes to beat closest challenger Amina Benardallah handicap- 5 of Morocco who carded 157 (80, 77) nett and four shots over third placed South African Woo-Ju Son minus 1 handicap who had 160 (78, 82).
Other African countries at the event were Egypt, Mauritius, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Morocco, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda and Nigeria. Karmali complement Nathwani for his achievement and job well done. Nathwani was among the field of 152 youth from 80 countries, and was the first Tanzanian to make the maiden appearance at the world junior level event.
He couldn’t manage to make cut after two rounds of 36 holes, but organisers apart from awarding the overall winner of 56 holes that went to Portuguese Pedro Lencart Silva with aggregate 5-under par 214 (73,74,67), they also awards region best players at the event.
As this was his first major outing for young Nathwani, the performance was a good motivation for him and other youth countrywide. The Junior Open founded in 1994, and is organized under the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R & A) administrative umbrella since 2000. All golfing nations affiliated to the R & A are invited to enter their best under 16 boys and girls.