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Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) vice president Joseph Tango said yesterday that Tanzania faces a series of international competitions, which renders it impossible for its golfers to take part in any invitational event.

Dar es Salaam. Tanzania has failed to honour an invitation to compete at the Africa Zone VI Golf Championship in Uganda because of a tight schedule.

Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) vice president Joseph Tango said yesterday that Tanzania faces a series of international competitions, which renders it impossible for its golfers to take part in any invitational event.

“We appreciate the fact that the organisers picked Tanzania to spice up their tournament, but for now it is impossible for us to field a team there,” he said.

“We have a very tight schedule, so there is no way we can honour the invitation. It is an optional tournament for Tanzania because we belong to the Zone V.”

Tango said skipping the tourney would also serve to minimise participation costs as they focus on compulsory competitions.

“We would have liked to go to Kampala, but such competitions are always expensive, so we better save the money for the events we are supposed to compete in,” he said.

According to Tango, two of the tournaments the local golfers will take part in are the Africa Junior Under-18 championship set for May in Zambia and Africa Zone V, which will be held in Kenya in August.

The Zone VI tourney tees off today at Uganda Golf Club and stroll on its par-72 Kitante course.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni graced the opening ceremony last evening.

Participating nations are Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa (defending champions), Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

According to the organisers, the 19th hole has a new facelift and the course is even playing better. The rough has been minimised and the greens are much faster.

“We want to give a good account of ourselves,” disclosed Uganda Golf Union (UGU) president Kiryowa Kiwanuka after yesterday’s organising committee meeting.

“We have also prepared our team to the finer details. Everything is on course,” he told The Daily Monitor.