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All Africa Challenge Golf Trophy attracts 19 nations

The challenge will also be a World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) event for the first time.

According to the AACT Organising Committee Chairperson, Dorcas Mbalanya at the close of team entries, they received 18 confirmations and although they had planned to host 24 countries, were pleased that there will be 19 teams competing in June.

“We are grateful to the Royal and Ancient Club of St Andrew’s (R&A) for their financial support as well as listing the 2014 AACT Championships as a World Amateur Ranking Event.

“This will give our regional golfers a chance to get world ranking points,” she was quoted by the official tournament website.

Also unveiled was the tournament website: www.aactgolf.com, which will incorporate live scoring during the three day championships.

As teams gear up for the tournament the Tanzania Ladies Gold Union (TLGU) is busy looking for fund for team preparation and smooth participation in Kenya.

TLGU has organised fundraising golf event at Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC) in collaboration with AGC on Saturday. In 2012 the team finished fourth out of 22 countries in Botswana.

Defending champions, South Africa will send a strong team which includes their number 2 ranked junior, Cara Gorlei (Handicap +1); Magda Kruger (Handicap 1) ranked 2nd on Women’s Golf South Africa (WGSA) senior ranking, and Michaela Fletcher (Handicap +1) ranked 4th on WGSA.

The other countries include Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and hosts Kenya.

The All Africa Challenge Trophy will bring together the best lady amateur golfers on the continent.

Each country is represented by three players and a non-playing captain. Using Eishenhower scoring, the best two scores per round count towards the daily team score in the 54-hole stroke play format.

The tournament was first held in 1992 in Zimbabwe and then Kenya hosted the second event 20 years ago at Muthaiga Golf Club.

The AACT will be followed by the Kenya Orient sponsored Kenya Ladies Open Amateur Stroke play championship, a 36 hole medal at Royal Nairobi on June 14th and 15th this year.

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Author: SUNDAY NEWS Reporter

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