Tango says it was a massive achievement for Tanzania junior golf
TANZANIA’S Jay Nathwani may have missed the cut to compete for the Junior Golf Trophy 2016, but the 15 year old beat everyone in Africa’s junior golfing landscape to bring the continental trophy to the land of Kilimanjaro, and the Spice Islands.
The youngster made a mark for himself when he traveled to Scotland’s Kilmarock Golf Course, taking with him his glowing stature in junior golf development as well as Tanzania’s patriotism to the world stage for the first time in Tanzania’s Golf History.
Although his steam and breath evaded him, losing touch with his swing during Day 1 and Day 2 tee-offs, the 12-handicapper came back strongly on the third day, screaming with optimism to realize a 34-over 180 gross. This was not enough to win him a cut for the coveted elite junior trophy.
However, all was not lost. Armed with more fire power, the youngster mustered a new vigor swinging and putting with more intend to return a 10-under par 156 and beat all African contestants and top the continental leader board.
The biennial junior golf networking event organized by R&A ahead of the Open was initiated in 1994 and the 2016 edition had attracted a total 152 junior athletes aged below 16 from 80 countries.
Sixteen year old Pedro Lencart Silva, who fired a birdi at the tee to set off the tone of the tournament posted a round of six-under-par 67 final day to seal a five-under par 214, a convincing win at the Junior Open ahead of second and third placed Valeria Pacheco and China’s Yifan Ji who returned 219 and 220 respectively. Other top winners included South Korea’s Hyunkyung Park fourth on two-over 221, one ahead of American Garrett Barber and Argentina’s Mateo Fernandez De Oliveira who tied for fifth.
The Tanzanians exploits however must have injected a motivational pull on local golf development, with TGU applauding the success with a call for more junior players to join golf clubs.
Joseph Tango, the Union’s Chairman remarked: “What an achievement! We have to be proud of Nathwani. I bet this will encourage more juniors to join ongoing training programmes at various golf clubs. His trip was a huge success and we hope to build from here hoping to witness more success in years to come.”