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Wanyeche determines to win second pro title

PROFESSIONAL golfer Isaac Wanyeche is determined to win his second successful professional title in the forthcoming Lugalo Open Golf Championship.

Organised by Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) Lugalo Golf Club of Dar es Salaam in collaboration with Tanzania Golf Union (TGU), the national tournament that will tee off at club course next week will bring together top amateurs from different local clubs and professional golfers.

Wanyeche from the Kili Golf Club of Arusha, joined professional ranks in March this year and has made a promising start to his new career.

He told the ‘Daily News’ from Arusha yesterday that he was currently undergoing intensive training ahead of next week’s event. Wanyeche a former national team Vice-Captain said that he is focused to return to Lugalo aiming to lift second title after winning Moshi Open in Kilimanjaro last month.

He was more than happy to win the event that was his first pro assignment at Moshi Gymkhana Club.

“The first pro title at Moshi has motivated me to work even hard,” he said. Wanyeche understands that it is going to be hard because the event will engage top professional golfers in the country and courses are not always the same.

“I’ve intensified training to be ready for any challenge, I know all top pros will be there so it is going to be tough,” he said.

Wanyeche has made his ambition clear, targeting to fly high the national flag in international competitions. In Moshi Open, Wanyeche had to calm his nerves to beat other top and experienced pros to win top prize at the 54 holes battle.

He started with 75 gross in the first round and added 72 and 76 in the second and third rounds respectively to post aggregate score of 223 and win first prize by two strokes over his closest challenger Nuru Mollel. Mollel from Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC) carded aggregate 225 (73, 77, 75) to finish second.

The duo will renew rivalry at Lugalo. Nuru’s brother Jimmy, who finished third 226 (78, 74, 74) played last round with pain after suffering his right ankle.

He is also expected to be fit for Lugalo Open, while hosts of top players including Fadhil Nkya and national team coach Hassan Kadio will all be strong contenders for the title.

Wanyeche turned pro after representing the country at amateur’s level in different competition for four years.

He was part of the national team that finished second at the East African Region 4 tournament at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana (DGC) Club last August.

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