Tanzania Retain East & Central AACT Trophy
Tanzanian golf has continued its progress with victory for their women’s team in the second East and Central Regional All Africa Challenge Trophy.
Supported by funding from The R&A, the four-nation tournament saw the triumphant hosts take on Kenya, Uganda and Zambia at the Tanzania People Defense Force (TPDF) Lugalo Golf Club, Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania captain Madina Iddi was the tournament’s best player, recording a four over par final round 76 as her four-player team won the 54-hole tournament by 31 strokes. Zambia were runners-up with Kenya beating Uganda by six shots to finish third.
Tanzania, who also won the tournament the first time it was played at the Kitante Golf Course, Kampala, Uganda, two years ago, were invited to their country’s parliament to showcase their Trophy.
Iddi said: “I am very happy we are on top of the region. We must now focus on the continental championship scheduled for Botswana mid next year and hope to win the African Cup for the first time.”
Last year’s All Africa Challenge Trophy was held in Abuja, Nigeria, and saw 42 golfers representing 14 countries take part. The R&A has supported this championship since 2000 with grants totaling £129,000.
Although South Africa still leads the way in competitive golf on the continent, the other sub-Saharan nations are rapidly catching up.
The R&A has supported golf in 21 African countries through events, coaching grants, and the provision of playing and greenkeeping equipment.
Alison White, The R&A’s Assistant Director of Golf Development, said: “We have been supporting the All Africa Trophy for more than a decade in which time we have seen tremendous progress.
“For the game to develop it is vital that the best golfers play against one another. The Trophy provides the only opportunity for the African nations to compete so it is great to see that support and participation is on the rise.
“I’m sure at next year’s final in Botswana we will again see further proof that the sport is continuing to grow.”
The countries supported so far by The R&A include Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.