TANZANIA Golf Union (TGU) Chairman, Joseph Tango will be among golfers who will tee off at the Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC) course special golf event today.
This special golf event is organised to congratulate talented youthful Jay Nathwani, who excelled at the international U-16 Junior Open championship. Nathwani handicap-12 posted impressive aggregate score of 156 (85, 71) nett to clinch Africa trophy, at the championship held at Kilmarnock Club, Scotland from July 11 to 13, this year.
He 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).
The 15 years old boy, also won overall nett prize at the Lee Westwood Golf Tour qualifying round at the Bourne Golf Club Cambridge this week. His win secured him a sport for the grand finals to be held later this year.
Tango told the ‘Daily News on Saturday’ in the city yesterday that AGC club has organised a special event to recognise Nathwani’s achievement. “I’m travelling to Arusha ready for today’s special event. Nathwani did a good job for himself, club and country in general and he deserves a pat on his back,” he said.
He added that the youngster achievement is a motivational factor to other juniors who are registered for various golf development programmes in the country. Nathwani was among the field of 152 boys and girls from 80 countries and was the first Tanzanian to make the maiden appearance at the biannual international junior event that is organised by Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R & A), Scotland.
Apart from awarding the overall winner of 54 holes event that went to Portuguese Pedro Lencart Silva with aggregate 5-under par 214 (73, 74, 67) gross, they also awarded regional best players over 36 holes at the event that saw African Trophy going to Natwani.
The event is held to encourage junior golfers who are under the age of 16 to engage and develop their career in the spot. Previous competitors at the Junior Open include the likes of top World professional golfers Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Carly Booth and Paula Creamer