As published by the Guardian on November 4th 2019
Memories of the just ended ninth edition of Rotary Club of Bahari charity golf tournament staged at the Dar es Salaam Ghymkhana Club (DGC) course will possibly take long time to subside.
Besides the main objective of raising funds for Dar es Salaam’s Mtakuja Secondary School, the event attracted a huge number of paricipants who tussled for the hole-in-one take away Toyota RAV4 car.
Minet Insurance dangled the car at the 175 meters par three 10th for anyone who would have achieved the rare feat. No one lived to the dream but presence of the car raised new inspiration to the entire golfing fraternity across the country.
Over 100 golfers turned out to compete in the day-long stable ford tournament that kept the DGC course busy up to sunset. It was for the second time a firm had donated a car for a hole-in-one take away prize. The first time was many years ago, even before this reporter started to engage in golf reporting. It was Toyota Tanzania that offered the first car to be competed and no one won it.
Minet Insurance retained its car but golfers still hail the sponsor for the otherwise brave decision that contributed to provide inspiration to both competitive and recreational golfers.
Lugado Golf Club’s young lady player, Zumla Khamis astonishingly cruised to podium when she claimed the overall victory with a staggering 42 stable ford points. Otherwise, recreational golfer Gulam Dewji, who has consistently been playing golf for almost four decades now, made his presence felt as well.
Charity proceeds amounted to 40m – courtesy of 20 corporates as Rotary Club of Bahari president, Hitesh Tanna expressed his in-depth appreciation to sponsors for the high-degree generousity. Mohamed Dewji, DGC Golf Section captain, thanked the Rotarians as well as all participants for working together in achieving the charity objective.