Talent without efforts is nothing, Corsaletti says

Monday September 24 2018


By Majuto Omary @majutoy2k Momary@tz.nationmedia.com

Dar es Salaam. “The best results do not come without commitment to the task,” those were the first words from the Dar es salaam Gymkhana Club professional golfer, Philippe Corsaletti, during an exclusive interview with The Citizen.
Corsaletti who is a member of Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club has so far distinguished himself as a capable golfer after competing in many international tournaments.
The golfer was the first to feature in the European Senior Open Championships as well as in the Staysure Tour Qualifying School held at Gramacho Golf Club in Portugal early this year.
He said that it was not easy to get the qualifying mark and feature in the two golf tournaments without good performances and efforts.
He explained that as a golfer, he wanted to improve his standard and secure a chance to compete internationally to get exposure.
“You have to be creative and love your career because success is the result of constant effort. I made an effort to attain the qualifying marks in various competitions.
Many ask what I have done to reach this stage; the answer is very simple. Training. I normally train at our club, Gymkhana... we are always very few...where are the others? You need to train when you have a competition coming up as well as when there is none.
“Golf is an exercise and a social hit. After doing the “Walk of Shame” when we let our partners down, it is therapeutic and a stress reliever- sometimes more so for our spouse because we are out of their hair,” said Corsaletti.
Corsaletti said that there are so many talented golfers in the country, but need more exposure in order to compete with rest of Africa. He said intensive training the key for success for golfers in the country.
He explained that Tanzania is a lucky country due to the fact that there are more than 30 professional golfers.
“But for the professionals it is not easy to improve their level due to the fact that they do not have a lot of tournaments to play! How can they compete at the international level when they play only one or two tournaments a year?”
“Something needs to done to promote the profession in order to compete across Africa. They need sponsors to help develop their game in the country. And by doing so, the sponsors can get a good return in terms of visibility, media coverage,  enhancement of reputation through association, prestige and credibility by supporting events,” he said.
“I have competed in various golf tournaments in the country, I had to do my best and later managed to find other challenges abroad. I managed to achieve goals, although not a hundred per cent. I need to increase my efforts to attain my highest goal,” he said.
“The game of golf is truly like life...we get up and go around the same places and the results are different each day. Some days we make new friends while at the same time we continue to enjoy our old friends and the circle becomes bigger,” he said.
He noted that in order to promote the game in the country; the Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) needed to inspire youngsters to remove the notion that golf was for special people, rather than a sport for everyone.
“Some junior camps need to be organised on a monthly basis on different golf courses in the region to build some future talent and champions to represent Tanzania across the world. Professionals need to lead by example in promoting the game and be part of this initiative,” he said.