Mwanyenza confident of Arusha Club golfer

14Mar 2017
Mohammed Ugasa
The Guardian
Mwanyenza confident of Arusha Club golfer

TANZANIA’S veteran professional Salim Mwanyenza says he strongly believes that Arusha Gymkhana Club’s top professional Nuru Mollel is the one who will end the long-standing voodoo in this year’s edition of Barclays Kenya Open championship.

Mwanyenza says Mollel has the pedigree to sail through the cut and stride into contention of the title only if he can stay focused and maintain composure.

He says Mollel has got all that is required to excel in the tourney, unless something wrong happens to the up-and-coming young professional.

“The boy plays well, has power-packed long and straight tee shots with subsequent intricate putts”, says Mwanyenza.

The veteran professional says it’s now depends on the boys plans of the game but there is nothing that can stop Mollel from making the cut and become one of the golfers to beat at this year’s Kenya Open, the only European PGA Challenge Tour event played in East Africa.

Mwanyenza is the last Tanzanian golfer to have made the cut at the event’s 2004 when Karen Country and Golf Club hosted it. The rest of the golfers who followed later failed to shine and the ghost of missing the cut has been haunting Tanzania for close to 13 years on.

‘We need to give all of our support to this Youngman whom I believe he is on his way to make valuable milestone in the Tanzanian golf history’, says Mwanyenza.

The four-day 72 holes lucrative championship is expected to tee off at the Nairobi’s posh golf club of Muthaiga.

Since Kanya Open tournament secured the European PGA Challenge Tour franchise, no East African managed to win the title, save for Jacob Okello who made strong impression in 1998 and finish runners-up behind Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez, losing on dramatic and agonising third hole of the sudden death playoff.

Groomed in Arusha, Mollel has become Tanzania’s most prolific golfer and Mwanyenza says he only needs guidance and discipline to keep up his game. “This is the true contestant who might become the tournament’s surprise package at the challenging Muthaiga”, adds Mwanyenza who leads the country for most cuts in the Kenya Open tourney.

Mollel’s name is listed among the provisional players in the entry sheet that has over 20 home-based professionals and six more amateurs. Mwanyenza had won the amateur category of Kenya Open in 1974.