Shane Pandit, the young golfer who managed the runner-up position in the Division C’ Category of the recent TLGU Open Golf, is preparing to tee off in the fifth round of the Diplomatic Golf Tourney coming up in Arusha next weekend.
As it happens, the 14-year-old Shane had emerged the overall winner in the previous and fourth instalment of the annual Diplomatic Golf which was also held in Arusha around this time, in 2022, he was then aged 13.
This time Pandit will be fielding again to defend the crown in the Diplomatic Golf 2023, coming up again at the Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate.
Last year, young Shane was awarded with an Executive Golf Putter, Floating Trophy, and Stay for two nights at the Gran Melia Hotel, Bed and Breakfast for two in a room with a view of Mount Meru.
Shane Pandit was also the winner in the junior category of the Diplomatic Golf Tournaments in 2021, during the third round of the event.
For this year’s event however, Pandit Junior is scaling up his game again and set to play in the ‘Division C’ category of the Diplomatic Golf 2023.
Shane himself said while the previous events were challenging, he was ready aiming for the victory in the Diplomatic Golf 2023. He said he plans to play Professional Golf.
His father, Sanjay Pandit said he has been supporting Shane since when the young golfer was only 6 and confident enough to play against adults, just as he was set to compete against professionals in the forthcoming event.
During last year’s Diplomatic Golf tourney (2022), which Hans Bruins with 74 points was the Division A winner, while Owen Maganga also with 74 winners was the Division B winner and Meloncelli Luigy with 78 topped in Division C.
Indombella Sikwatta with 81 points was the winner in the Lady’s category.
Avtar Singh Neote with 72 points was the winner in the Senior Golfers’ Category.
Staged at the Kilimanjaro Golf (Kiligolf) Course at the Usa-River Hills in Meru District, the Fourth Diplomatic Golf tourneys was organized by the Songea Mississippi Foundation (SOMI) in partnership with Kiligolf.
The events staged on 18-holes Kiligolf course, involving golfers from Tanzania, East Africa, the Continent and overseas, are usually held on philanthropic missions to support vulnerable children.
Diplomatic Golf participants usually come from various countries including China, India, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Germany, Caribbean, Tanzania, South-Africa, Canada, Switzerland, Netherlands and the United States of America (USA).
Event coordinator Reinafrida Rwezaura from the Songea Mississippi Foundation said as usual this year’s Diplomatic Golf is held in ‘Support Children living in difficult conditions.’
As the fourth tourney the Diplomatic golf has been able to pay school fees to 20 pupils and students at various primary and secondary schools in the country.
Tanzanian clubs that participated in the Diplomatic Golf 2022 include TPC Club of Moshi, Lugalo Golf of Dar-es-salaam, Morogoro Gymkhana Club, Arusha Gymkhana Club as well as the Dar-es-salaam Gymkhana Club.