This was said over the weekend by TLGU president Mbonile Burton when closing this year’s TLTC Morogoro Ladies Open Golf Championship at the Gymkhana Club Morogoro (GCM).
She said her union needs sufficient support to ensure golf standard goes up and Tanzanian players and teams hoist high the national flag in local and international competitions.
Burton thanked all sponsors who made it possible for her union to host the tournament for a third consecutive year. Tanzania Leaf Tobacco Company (TLTC) have been bankrolling the championship for a third consecutive year while SBC Tanzania Ltd and Nashera Hotels Morogoro are co-sponsoring it for the second and first year respectively.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General Davis Mwamunyange, and Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) Chairman Dioniz Malinzi for their unwavering support to TLGU and making it possible for players from Dar es Salaam to travel to Morogoro and participate in the tournament,” she said.
Burton said the Morogoro Open served as build up for the Tanzania Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship slated for Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC) next month.
“I call upon companies and well-wishers to come forward and support the Tanzania Open event which is expected to draw local entries as well as foreign players from Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Rwanda,” she said.
Burton also called on potential sponsors to come forward and support individual players who have dedicate their entire time to golf like 2013 Moro Open champion Angel Eaton and enable them to realize their dreams.
Eaton was last month crowned the Zimbabwe Ladies Open champion and won several titles at the just ended Kenyan Ladies Coast Open series in Mombasa. “We’re blessed with abundant talented players in the country but they lack support,” she said.
“TLGU alone can not take care of all the players, so we ask public and private companies to support these youngsters.” Burton said local golfers desperately need to develop their skills and match star players from developing countries.
She also urged players who want to excel to support the union by participating in national events which are still few and maintain discipline.