TANZANIA Open organisers have released a tee off schedule, as the 72-hole tournament begins today at Kili Golf & Willife Resort course in Usa River, Arusha There are over 250 golfers from East African countries registered in this year’s event according to the organisers, Tanzania Golf Union (TGU).
The international level tournament is organised by TGU in collaboration with hosts club and it is staged there for the second consecutive year. It involves both professional and amateur golfers.
Event manager Saskia Rechsteiner said that over 250 golfers have confirmed their participation and all of them were in Arusha ready for the course showdown. “We have over 250 players, making it the largest Open tournament ever,” he said.
Rechsteiner added that the Division B and downwards players who set to start the battle on Saturday, will play under stable ford format as the Tanzania Open is fully subscribed.
“We have tried to cater for everyone and have tried to do groups as requested, please make sure everyone knows their time and that people are on time. Late registration will sadly have to lead to penalty or disqualification,” he said.
The main championship categories are the Division A (handicap 9 and below) and professional golfers tee off for the 72 holes three-day battle. Division A and pros tough battle start with two rounds of 18 holes in the morning and other 18 in the afternoon.
They will be joined by Division B, C, Ladies and juniors from tomorrow and Sunday final day. According to the draw the tournament will miss the service of pro defending champion Jacob Okelo and amateur champion Robinson Owiti both Kenyans.
Amateur runners up Victor Joseph who narrowly missed last year title lineup for the title, but will have to be at his best form to do that as top Kenyan and Ugandan golfers also looking for vacant title.
Organisers set 17M/- as cash prize tag for professional golfers while heft prizes await amateurs in different categories.