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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

EA golfers need to step up show

19th February 2013

For yet another edition of European PGA Challenge Tour event, the Kenya Open, the East African professional golfers have continued to flop despite massive home-ground advantage.

The home golfers have everything at their disposal and they happen to visit the tournament venue throughout the year ahead of the main show.
However, it is still surprising to see the same golfers flop terribly at the Kenya Open tournament as visitors continue to haul cash prizes courtesy of sponsors from Kenya.
Imaging the home golfers filed in the tourney was more than 30 including several amateurs but only five managed to make the cut and become eligible for the share of the prize package totaling Euros 195,000.
Tanzania fielded one professional Hassan Kadio as Rwanda also had one while Uganda managed to squeeze two.
None of them were anywhere inside the money bracket as Spaniard Jordi Garcia Pinto pocketing a staggering Euros 31,200 to take the lead in the PGA Challenge Tour rankings. Pinto carded a fur round scores in the sixties, (69, 66, 68, 69) for twelve unde par totals.
The best placed East African of the five who made the cut was Kenyan Greg Snow, a blend of Scottish and English parents who managed to claim a share of the prize package to the tune of Euros 1,365.
Making the cut has been a stumbling block to most of the East African professionals and for how long will this poor trend persists, no body knows.
Probably the overconfidence and poor preparations might account to this dismal performance of the tourney that the home golfers were supposed to excel with remarkable ease.
It has been sad for Tanzania as the last man to make the cut at the championship is Salim Mwanyenza in 2004 when the event was staged at Karen.
All of the country’s representatives who managed to get the opportunity to play in the event flopped beyond anticipation.
The line up is long but something must be doe to improve the level of the game at home.
Zambia had Madalitso Muthiya, a young man in his early twenties appearing in the tourney and successfully made the cut; Muthiya was one of the young golfers who appeared in the British Junior championship held in Edinburgh way back in 2002. 
He played alongside the Ayne Magombe and Sarfaraz Daya but now has joined the professional ranks with bright start in the tours.
Time has come for Tanzania Golf Union to groom teens and shape them into professional direction. 


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