Uganda Faces Huge Task At 2014 Africa Junior Golf

The four-man teen Team Uganda aces a “monumental task” to achieve a podium finish at the 2014 All Africa Junior Golf Challenge that swings into action from April 27-May 1 at the Chainama Hills Golf Club, in Lusaka, Zambia.

Ronald Otile (2nd R) and teammates dicuss tactics on Friday during their last practice at Entebbe Golf Club.
Ronald Otile (2nd R) and teammates dicuss tactics on Friday during their last practice at Entebbe Golf Club.

In an interview with Red Pepper today, Uganda Golf Union committee member Herbert Rwambibazi said it would be “the greatest step ahead” for Ugandan gold if the boys beat perennial winners South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

“That is going to be the biggest challenge of all the majors for the boys,” Rwambibazi said. “Because they have been training with the senior team took part in the Zone IV Golf tournament in Cape Town South Africa gives us as a Union confidence that this group of players and we believe they will do well this time around.

“The other big challenge is probably the weather and the greens being faster,” he added.

The team was revealed today by Rwambibazi at the Uganda Golf Club this morning is made up of Toro club’s Otile, handicap +1 player Daniel Baguma, handicap 4 player Denis Otim also from Toro club and handicap 6 player Andrew Byaruhanga from Entebbe club.

The format of the tournament will be played over 72 holes with stroke play over four days. The team score for each day shall be obtained by adding the best three of the four gross scores.

The trophy shall be awarded to the team with the lowest aggregate score. In case the team is less than three members, the team status be forfeited. In addition to the gross score, the team with best net score other than the teams in first or second gross will receive the net winning prize.

They leave for Lusaka Friday night and will be accompanied by national team coach Deo Akope and Uganda Golf Union governing council member Oscar Semawere. Fourteen countries have confirmed their participation. Uganda last year finished fourth out of 15 countries.

Meanwhile, the first Jinja Caddie’s Golf Open is set for the 9 hole par 70 Jinja club on April 28th. Abbey Bagalana, the brains behind the event says unlike the usual caddies tournaments at Entebbe and Uganda Golf Club, this will have caddies battling each other from all over the country with winners walking away with prizes.

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