Monday, March 20, 2017

Dar golfer steals show at corporate tourney

Britam Insurance Company chief executive

Britam Insurance Company chief executive officer, Steven Lokonyo takes a shoot during the Corporate golf tournament at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club on Sunday. PHOTO/CORRESPONDENT 

By Brown Msyani @theCitizenTz

Dar es Salaam. Adam Ngamilo defied the odds to win the Britam Corporate golf tournament at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club over the weekend.

Ngamilo displayed excellent golf skills to beat more than 80 rivals and emerge the overall winner after carding 39 points in the 18-hole stable ford.

“The tournament was very tough. I played really good golf today and everything was just going right for me on the course,” the delighted Ngamilo said after he was declared the overall winner.

“I always feel comfortable playing on this course because its greens are perfect and holding well,” he added. Aidan Nziku, a member of Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club, snatched the top honour in the men’s category. He posted 37 points to beat Shakir Jaffer on countback decision. “It was a closely-fought event, but I thank God that I finally made it,” he said.

“Jaffer (one of the pre-tournament favourites) is a good golfer. He put me under pressure throughout the tournament. I hope next time it will be his time,” Nziku said at the end of the 18-hole. The ladies division winner was Mary Kimusia, who penned 38 stable ford points overall, followed by Vicky Elias, who carded 37 points.

“You know I did not play for quite sometimes. I felt like I missed some killer shots and went on to scratch at three holes,” said Vicky, who also had birdie at par three no. four.

Hawa Wanyeche and Ajay Varma grabbed the ladies and men’s longest drives prizes respectively at the tournament sponsored by Britam Insurance Company.

The Britam Insurance Company managing director, Steven Lokonyo, thanked the golfers for the good response and promised to continue supporting golf and other sports in Tanzania.

“We have decided to start with golf in order to promote the game among ordinary Tanzanians and clear the wrong notion that, this type of sport is specifically for the rich,” he said, adding that after golf, the company will proceed to bankroll other games as well.

”We are scattered in the whole of East Africa where we offer our insurance services,”

‘We also support sports in the region whereby we also sponsor Kenya’s Mathare United and Safari Open tennis,” he said.

“Britam is an intergrated finance company, which is dedicated to the promotion of sports as well, apart from making people and their properties more secured,” he said.

The Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club’s Captain, Akil Yusufali, expressed his appreciation to the company for their support.