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Mwanyenza`s 8-year record remains intact

4th April 2012
Salim Mwanyenza

Salim Mwanyenza`s Kenya Open performance during his amateur and professional career still has not been broken by any golfer in Tanzania.

The Tanga born veteran player, who is now in retirement age from active golf, had won the Kenya Open during his amateur career as far back as 1974 and since then no one in the country has managed to repeat his feat.

Besides the amateur performance, he is the only player to have made more cuts in the Kenya Open since the tournament won the sanctioning of European PGA Challenge Tour in 1991.

The Tanzanian professional featured in the Kenya Open for the last time in 2004 and successfully made the cut when the event was staged at Karen Country and Golf Club in Southern Nairobi.

Since then no Tanzanian professional has managed to cross the hurdle despite an influx of new generation of players.

The line up of Tanzanian professionals who tried their luck to win the Kenya Open cut since 2004 is long but has failed to make an impact in the tourney that has always attracted big field of European and of late South African entrants.

Professional golf in Tanzania suffered a huge set back when a big wave of half baked golfers forced their way into the paid ranks since 2005.

The country has over 15 professionals who have in most cases failed to make an impact when gauged against visiting foreigners or travel to compete outside the country.

Besides an increasing number of half backed professionals, poor infrastructure and lack of visions have always been stumbling block for development.

Professional golf has been struggling to find a place into international stages as players have been lacking competitive edge against their foreign counterparts in the East African region alone.

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