Britam Golf Competition which was held at the Arusha Gymkhana Club last weekend, ended with budding Jay Nathwan emerging the overall winner beating his elderly counterparts at their own game.
Nathwani aged only 15 years, is also the Arusha-based Tanzanian youth who was awarded with Africa’s best junior golfer at the World Open Golf Championship at the Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club, Scotland last June.
Nathwan managed to win the event with 40 points thus topping last weekend golfing event. The rest of the participants were playing in categorized divisions, with Marc Green leading in Division A’ with 38 points, followed by Mahmood Somji who raked in 37 points.
In Division B’ Murad Jivan led the pack with 40 points, followed by Beatus Kasegenya with 37 points. In Division C’ it was Owen Maganga with 39 points and Abbas Lalji with 33 who took the first and second positions, respectively.
For the ladies category, veteran Lucy Vrontamitis emerged the group winner with 38 points overall. In the junior slotting Aliraza Kermalli topped the category also having garnered 38 points.
Steven Lokonyo the Managing Director of Britam Insurance Company Limited, the firm which sponsored the golfing event at Gymkhana Club promised that his firm would continue to support all sports in Tanzania.
“We have decided to start with golf in order to promote the game among ordinary Tanzanians, so as to clear the notion that, this type of sport is specifically for the rich,” he said, adding that after golf, the company would proceed to bankroll other games.
The Britam Insurance Chief Operations Officer, Sodson Manatsa, who was among the players at last weekend’s golfing event, said the only way golf games could surge ahead is by incorporating young players: “take Jay Nathwan, for instance, he recently did the country proud at international events,” he said.
The Arusha Gymkhana Club’s vice-Captain, Shakir Bandari, expressed his appreciation to Dar-es-Salaam’s Britam Insurance for their support in both golf and events at the club and encourages the firm to host many other sporting events at the arena in future.
A total of 45 players participated in the golfing event in Arusha.