CHIEF of Defence Forces (CDF) Venance Mabeyo has commended NMB for its significant contribution towards the promotion and development of golf and now CDF trophy has grown into national level event.
The tournament that decorated Victor Joseph as the 2021 CDF trophy Champion, also attracted a good number of junior players, a situation that promises a bright future for the event and sport in general.
CDF Trophy ended at the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) Lugalo Club in Dar es Salaam over and Joseph once again managed to defend the title he won last year.
Joseph, from Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club overpowered his opponents to claim the overall gross title after grossing an impressive score of 141 strokes.
Joseph started with a par level 72 strokes during the first round, before improving it to superior two under par 69 strokes on Sunday, beating his closest challenger Aldo Gandye by three strokes. Gandye fired 144 gross to finish overall runner up.
Speaking on behalf of the Chief Guest CDF Mabayo, Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Mathew Edwardo Mkingule said during the prize-giving golf has made a considerable development in the country and NMB has helped to propel its success.
He thanked them for investing in the development of golf by bankrolling the event for the sixth year in a row and enabled the CDF Trophy to rise from a club level competition to the national level tournament since 2019.
“CDF commends NMB for the worthy contribution and its return to the society, golf is a good sport that brings people of different ages and genders together and maintains brotherhood,” he said.
He also lauded co-sponsors Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) for stepping in supporting sports, METL and Serengeti Breweries.
Alfred Shao, the bank’s Chief of Wholesale Banking NMB said TPDF also deserves a lot of complement for the way they maintain and promote the game of golf.
He said the CDF Trophy is one of the biggest golf tournaments in the country, attracting many soldiers and civilians golfers.
“For six years now, we have been together and I can only assure you CDF, NMB Bank is still with you in this competition and we will continue to improve our sponsorship as demand increases,” he noted.
For this year he said NMB has sponsored the competition by injecting 60m/ -.
Sponsors also led by example as Abdallah Gunda and Steven Chuwalo emerged the first and second place winners in the NMB staff category.
Overall nett trophy was taken by Amir Kangajaka who score 141 nett, while Elisha Fadhil took second place with a total of 143 nett shots. Peter Fiwa fired 150 nett to emerge the men’s Division A champion as Damas Gaitana with a total of 152 strokes, finished second.
Division B winner was Lunacho Kigame with 143 strokes and second place taken was Hussein Dewji who carved 145. Vitalis Magala with 149 strokes, won the Division C and Doto Bahenge took second place 152 shots.
Gulam Dewji has continued to shine by winning the senior category title with 147 shots followed by Joseph Tairo in second place with 157 shots.
The women’s gross winner was Neema Olomi from Arusha 157 shots, with host Zahara Shemndolwa winning the overall nett title with 143 and Ayne Magombe finished second place with 145 nett.
Senior ladies top prize went to Maryanne Mugo with 53 shots and the president of Tanzania Ladies Golf Union (TLGU) Sophia Viggo was second with 158 nett.