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Pro golfers to pick Kenya Open envoy

24th January 2013
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Tanzania professional golfers are expected to meet at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club this morning to decide on who should represent the country at this year’s edition of Barclays Kenya Open championship.

 According to an impeccable source, the meeting would pick up the representative based on merit but subjective to ability to secure sponsorship and travel all the way to Nairobi.
 
There is no order of merit series for the Tanzania professionals and historical performance for the past year would dictate decision to pick up the representative.
 
 Should there be more than one golfer interested to play at the Open championship, then there will be voting to resolve the scramble.
 
  Most of the Tanzania professionals are based in Dar es Salaam with the exception of few who are residing upcountry.
 
 The selection is ad hoc as time is running out before sending the representative to the organizers of the Kenya Open tourney, one of the European PGA Challenge Tour events outside the European boundaries.
 
The lucrative tourney, with prize package to the tune of Euros 195,000, will be played at the 6377 metres par 71,  Karen Country Club in Southern Nairobi. 
 
  The Kenya Open tournament director, Peter Obath, said through a telephone on Sunday that so far there has been no request from Tanzania with regard to make use of the allotted slot.
 He said entries will be closed on January 31 as the host country has 22 players joining the fray in the field of 150 professionals besides six domestic based amateurs.
 
 However, Onath said though entries will be closed on January 31st, still there will be a mini tournament qualifier to be staged on February 7 and 8 at the Karen course. 
 
Five top placed players will gain access to join the fray of the entire field.
 He said should any Tanzania professional besides the one to be picked up by today’s meet is allowed to feature in the qualifying event.
 
 Kenya Open has been an elusive tourney in terms of making the cut by the host players as well as Tanzanians.
 
 Salim Mwanyenza is the last Tanzanian player to have made the cut during the 2004 edition staged at Karen. He is the leading player in terms of making cuts for Tanzania in the history of the event since it attained the European Challenge tour tag in 1991.
 
The other player to have made the cut is Mbwana Juma in 1998 when Muthaiga Golf Club hosted the tourney.
 
 Since 2005 there is no Tanzanian who managed to make the cut of the lucrative tourney.
 
Tanzanian players who have appeared in the tourney since 2005 and failed to make the cut include Stanley Sanga, John Davies Jr, Olais Mollel, Yasin Saleh, Bryson Nyenza, Adam Mohamed, Olais Mollel and lastly Fadhil Nkya.
 
 Kenya Open is one of the top ten richest events in this season of the European Challenge Tour calendar.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN