By Correspondent Daniel Sabuni, Arusha
TANZANIA Golf Union (TGU) has urged women in the country to participate in the game of golf.
The union has as well appealed to sports stakeholders to set aside prizes to attract women to participate in the game in large numbers.
Speaking at a short congratulatory ceremony for the winners of this year's Arusha Open golf tournament held in Arusha last weekend, TGU secretary, Magile Enock, said women's participation in the game is not much compared to men's participation.
"It is our opinion for sports stakeholders to prepare prizes that will motivate women to join the game of golf to have equality in golf in the country" the official noted.
Enock disclosed that the Arusha tournament will precede Lugalo Open which is expected to take place at Lugalo Golf Club course in Dar es Salaam on October 30, and followed by TPC Open to be played in Kilimanjaro.
He called on the youth of Arusha to provide a team to participate in the tournament as the region does not have participants who regularly take part in the game, especially in other regions.
The overall winner of the Arusha tournament, Victor Joseph from Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Golf Club, said the tournament was tough, he is thankful to emerge the winner and lift the top honour along with various prizes.
"The course is tough but I have also faced stiff competition. I am thankful I have achieved victory with all that and I continue to advise young people to come forward to play the sport, there are youths with what it takes to play this sport, I am not rich but I play golf,'' the golfer noted.
Madina Iddy, a female golfer representing the women who participated in the tournament, said the women's participation is now promising compared to the previous three years where participation was low but also urged women to turn out in large numbers to take part in golf.
Reliance Insurance Company, which sponsored Arusha Open, explained the reasons for sponsoring the competition which involved golfers from various countries.
Joyce Bendera, Head of Marketing Department at the company, said the aim of sponsoring the game of golf was to encourage participants to show up in large numbers as the game has often been seen as a reserve of affluent people.
"We would like to see more people participate in the game and that is our goal, as Tanzania is still lagging in golf, but also many people do not know it so we want sports stakeholders across the country to show up in large numbers," Joyce revealed.