Armed with a golfing bag on his back, a young boy, ironically in a school uniform tirelessly moves about the Entebbe Golf Course estimated to be about 90 hectares.
Along the 71 par course, he offers golf ‘technical advice’ to his mentor and player, scavenges for that wild golf ball in the bushes on top of carrying for him the playing equipment as play continues.
Dunstan Nsubuga , 12, was the youngest member among the over 150 caddies at the 71st Edition of Tusker Malt Uganda Open won by the home boy, Peter Ssendawula, held at Entebbe Golf Club. Nsubuga is Caddie to the dread-locked Golfer, Ronnie King Bukenya since he was 10 years.
“I have always loved to be a caddie and I dream big that one day, I will be a great Golfer too”, Nsubuga, who started playing golf at 9 years, tells Kawowo Sports with a smile across his face.
To the golfer cum Musician, Ronnie King Bukenya, he is full of praise for his young Caddie.”I love Nsubuga because he is obedient and diligent. He has advised me on which clubs to use and the shot to play”, Bukenya says of his young helper.
Nsubuga, a Primary Five pupil at Lugazi West Primary School is now set to join the long lineage of amateur players in the Country.
This is after playing some qualification tournaments on his home course as he awaits the results back. “I get time to play some golf during weekends and in holidays at the Mehta Golf Course in Lugazi. I am ready to join playing in the amateurs”, he adds.
Nsubuga at a Glance:
Full Names: Dunstan Nsubuga
Parents: Herbert Ssendagala and Peruth Ndagiire
Class: Primary Five (Lugazi West Primary School)
Role model: Ronnie King Bukenya
Best Golf Shot: The Chip Shot from Sand Bunkers
About Golf Caddies:
A Caddie is the person who carries a player’s bag and clubs, and gives insightful advice advice and moral support. A good Caddy is aware of the challenges of the golf course being played. This includes knowing overall yardage, pin placements and club selection. A Caddy is not usually an employee of a private Club or resort. They are classified as an ‘Independent contractor’ meaning that he or she is basically self employed and does not receive any benefits from his association with the club.
Some clubs and resorts do have caddy programs, although benefits are rarely offered. In Europe, he vast majority of clubs do not offer cadies, and amateur players will commonly carry their own bags.
Fore Caddying: Here the caddie walks while the players ride in carts. The fore-Caddy will give a hole description and then walk ahead to spot the player’s tee-shots. The caddie then gets the player’s yardage (either with a laser, course knowledge or sprinkler heads).
Caddies help with club selection, reading greens, weather variables, marking balls on the green (only if asked by the player), speeding up play and offering mental support if asked.
World’s Most Famous Caddies:
Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, Mike ‘Fluff’ Cowen, Steve ‘Asbestos’ Duplantis, Ron ‘Bambi’ Levin, Carl ‘Skillet’ Jackson, Lance Ten Broeck, Steven Hale, Basil Vab Rooyen, Don Shule (Ohio Municipal Golf Course), Elisabeth Reaser (Michgan), John Madden (Lake Merced Country Club),Arnold Palmer (Pennyslvania), Martin Sheen (Dayton), Bing Crosby ,Bill Clinton (Arkansas), Bill Murray (Indian Hill, Winnelka), Bob Hope (Cleverland)and Che Guevara (Cordoba, Argentina).