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Pro golfers seek new constitution

7th February 2012

Some members of the Tanzania Professional Golfers’ Association are seeking to have a new constitution to replace the present memorandum of association.

Stanley Sanga and Salim Mwanyenza, who are members of the body, have strongly criticised the present memorandum which they say is weak to meet their professional demands.

Mwanyenza, a veteran of the professional golfers in terms of performance, records and experience, said they are strongly in need of a new constitution to do away with amateurs who are intruding smooth running of their activities.

“We have recently elected someone else to replace a chairman who did not perform to desired level of our operation but still there is a need to overhaul the leadership panel,” said Mwanyenza.

Mwanyenza, who migrated to an inland club of Butogwa in Shinyanga since 2005, said activities of professional golfers have been severely dented to warrant reforms in drafting new constitution.

“We need a strong association to cater for the professionals and revive the game which is now curling towards the baseline,” said Mwanyenza, the former European PGA Senior Tour Player.

Speaking on Kenya Open representation, Mwanyenza said so far selection of the players is made without reasonable criteria.

Kenya Open organizers are always setting aside two slots for Tanzania but there are times the slots are not utilised for no apparent reason.

Mwanyeza remains the last Tanzanian professional to make the cut of the European PGA Challenge Tour since 2004 when Karen Club hosted the event.

The lucrative Kenya Open has seen a number of Tanzanian representatives since 2005 failing to find a breakthrough.

Kenya Open tees off at the Muthaiga Golf Club in Northern Nairobi on March 29 through April. So far the Tanzania professional golf body is yet to set up criteria and pick up representatives for the event.

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