Dar teenager wins Bahari charity golf

06Jun 2016
Mohammed Ugasa
The Guardian
Dar teenager wins Bahari charity golf

VICTOR Joseph fired all barrels ablaze to card staggering 41 stableford points and win the sixth edition of Rotary Club Of Bahari charity golf tournament staged at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club course on Saturday.

VICTOR Joseph

The towering three handicapper amateur was in for 20 points after earlier reaching the turn with solid 21 points culminating a total stableford 41, beating the rest of 80 golfers who turned out for the annual event.

Joseph who started to learn the game barely ten years ago at a tenderage of eight, was at his best during the day.

He teed off unimpressively after conceding a bogey at the par three first but he quickly recovered to sink an eagle three at the par five second.

He dominated the tee box in the subsequent par five third where he sank a beautiful birdie after his third shot hit the green with remarkable regulation.

Par five sixth proved him wrong when his tee shot was lost in the bush and another attempt saw him scratching his card.

He regained composure to hit a par the subsequent par four seventh before stretching his muscles to sink the second eagle three of the day at the par five eighth. He decorated the front nine with birdie at the par three nine for 21 points to trail another up and coming teenage senasation, Anorld Simon by massive six points.

Josephs’ back nine was slightly stained with a bogey at the opening par three tenth but he thereafter hit an avalanche of pars for a flawless eight remaining holes carding inward 20 points. However, golf captain Azim Dewji chopped Joseph’s handicap to two.

Highly improving teenager Sinom who posted the best score of 45 points only won the junior title having used the ladies tees during the tourney. Otherwise the 22 handicapper showcased his prowess in the game for his deep scorching 27 points at the end of the front nine before slowing to 18 points at the end of the round.

Andrew Simon beat Shahzad Bhanji on 39 points countback to excel in men’s category. In ladies category Tayana Williams continued to make headlines when she edged Rehema Athumani on 32 stabelford countback, Chiku Elias was a guest winner.

Leonard Pangani teef off nearest to the pin on par three fifth as Rocky Parker released the day’s best power-packed drive at windy par four 17th.

The charity golf successfully raised over 45m/- as declared by Rotary Club of Bahari’s president Kisehn Dhebar during the presentation ceremony. The funds will be channelled towards a special project to meet the cost of surgeons who are exepcetd to conduct heart surgeries for free to a number of children patients in the country.

The Rotary Club of Bahari in partnership with The Gift of Life to heal little hearts, The Save A Child’s Heart Foundation and The Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute at Muhimbili National Hospital jointly will organise a number of teams of medical professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to perform life-saving heart surgeries at The Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute.

They will at the same time train local surgeons and nurses on how to deal with the complex cases and furthermore, train nurses on intensive post-surgery care.

Dhebar said the club aims at using the raised funds to cover local accommodations and meals cost for different missions of surgeons who would come to perform surgeries and training .

Dhebar expressed his sincere appreciation to the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club that waived all tournament preparation cost.

The charity event was also supported by corporate world and these include Airtel, Kenya Commercial Bank, Brakes Tanzania Ltd,Scania Tanzania Limited, R. K. Chadasama, SBC Limited (Pepsi), NAS Tyres Services, Spice Net,Satguru Travel, A One Outdoor, IPrint, Maxinsure, Tecnowares, Bank of India, Smart Tyres Ltd, Smart 4G, Canara Bank Tanzania Ltd, Steel Masters Limited, Clear Services Limited and Oman Air.