Tanzania national golf team teed off the Africa Zone VI championship in Lilongwe at a low profile to scoop four and half points at the end of the opening singles round played on Tuesday.
The team has tied with last year’s runners up Kenya on 4.5 points, winning four matches, halving one and most three others.
Holders South Africa stanped their authority with hundred percent record for scooping maximum eight points to open a three-point gap over joint second placed Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Players who earned points for Tanzania include skipper Frank Roman who beat a Mauritius player I. Max, John Saidi triumphed over A Bagalana of Uganda, John Leonce sent packing Mozambican D. Fumo, Elisante lembris saw off Zambian E. Zulu and Abbas Adam halved his match with Kenyan F. Matilo.
Those who lost the matches are Nuru Mollel to Zimbabwean H. Nhigamaningwa, Michael Makala to Nethunzwi of South Africa and
Jimmy Mollel was no match to Malawian V. Kachepatsonga.
The tournament entered it ssecond day yesterday as foursomes and fourball matches were held during the morning and afternoon sessions respectively.
The event winds up today with a singles round match play.
Ten countries are competing in the championship strongly suported by the Royal Ancient Club of St. Andrews based in Scotland.
The Tanzania team that boarded bus last Saturday are under coach Olais Mollel and manager Rchard Gomesh.
The team secured sponsorship from Serengeti Breweries and Toyota Tanzania companies.
Tanznia finished second runners-up to Kenya when the event was hosted by Kenya and won by South Africa in Mombasa last year.