Barclays Kenya Open championship
Proffessional golfers in Tanzania have voted for Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club’s Hassan Kadio to play in this year’s Barclays Kenya Open championship that tees off in Nairobi mid next month.
The decision to give the only slot for the open to the former TPC-Moshi golfer was based on his consistency and current form in the domestic game.
Kadio will be making his debut appearance in the European Challenge tour with an objective of making the cut that has been elusive for Tanzanian golfers since 2004.
The tournament tees off at the par-71 Karen Country and Golf Club in southern Nairobi on February 14.
This is the second time for Kadio to be picked for the championship but his last call was disrupted by eleventh hour cancellation.
The towering and highly composed player, who won Tanzania Open title in his amateur career, has the capacity to end the cut misery depending on the prevailing circumstances.
Kadio has been impressive throughout the previous season doing well in tournaments staged in Kenya and Uganda.
All Tanzanian professionals who attended the last Friday’s meeting held at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhaan Club voted for the player while respecting his stepped up game.
The Kenya Open organizers who have in the past donated two slots for Tanzania until last year closes entries for the tournament by January 31.
The tournament director Peter Obath said the slot for Tanzania will only be given should the country’s Professional Golfers Association submit the request in time before the deadline.
Kenya has 22 players in the field but the organizers have five more places for those who might be able to travel to Nairobi and play the qualifier a week before. Top placed five golfers will be allowed to join the rest of the global field of 156 including six domestic based amateurs.
The Euros 195,000 prize funded tournament is back at Karen after several years of staging it at Muthaiga Golf Club, the venue where it is regarded as the home of Kenya Open.
Tanzanian professionals have flopping at the event and Salim Mwanyenza is the last one to make the cut in 2004 when Karen hosted the event.
Other Tanzanians who attempted to compete in the tourney since then but unfortunately would not make the cut include Stanley Sanga, John Davies Jr. Olais Mollel, Yasin Saleh, Bryson Nyenza, Adam Mohamed, Olais Mollel and lastly Fadhil Nkya. Mbwana Juma made his last cut in 1998 at Muthaiga Golf club and has not been in the line-up since 2004.
The tournament is one of the top ten richest events in this season of the European Challenge Tour calendar.