Professional golfer Herman 'Deco' Mutebi swings Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

2nd Victoria Golf Cup:

  • 6th – 8th July 2017
  • At Entebbe Golf Club
[/media-credit] Teenager Herman Deco Mutebi tees off during the subsidiary category of the Singleton Golf Challenge series. He is one of the assured players on team Uganda Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Uganda and Kenya are two great friendly East African countries on the gigantic water body – Lake Victoria.

In due deserved appreciation of this fresh water source whose numerous residents entirely dwell on, the two sister Golf Unions innovated the Victoria Golf Cup.

The inaugural event was held at Muthaiga Golf Club on 1st June last year where the hosts Kenya emerged victorious.

The spirit of starting the Victoria Golf Cup was further to foster and cement the cordial positive relations between Uganda and Kenya Golf Unions, as well as provide a plat for more competitions besides the traditional East African Challenge.

Preparations for the second edition of Victoria Golf Cup are on a progressing on a promising and convincing note.

The two day’s long tournament will take place at the Lake side Entebbe Golf Course.

[/media-credit] Becca Mwanja holds his putter as he follows a precise finish to the pin. Mwanja is captain of the Uganda Golf team during a previous tournament at the Uganda Golf Club Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Arrival of the visitors shall be on Wednesday with the official practice round confirmed for Thursday.

24 hours later, we shall witness the official tee off on a misty morning of Friday 7th July at the opening tee-box of the 1901 founded Entebbe course, christened Sir Harry Johnstone drive.

Climax and the official prize giving ceremony shall be held on Saturday, 8th July 2017.

The event is an International test match between Kenya and Uganda.

It had initially been programmed for early June, but the Uganda Golf Union requested for a later date in order to source for sponsorship.

Outgoing Kenya Golf Union (KGU) chairman Muchau Githiaka concurred with the hosts about the change of timing as quoted by the Nation Media;

We agreed with Uganda for the new date so that we have a proper tournament with a good sponsorship which I believe they have managed to get

Uganda’s team will be selected by head coach Amos Kamya at the onset of June.

[/media-credit] Uganda Golf Union (UGU) president Omollo (right) expects to host a great tournament come July Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Team Kenya will named after the Kenya Amateur Golf Matchplay Championship scheduled for June 14 to 17 at Karen Country Club.

The winner of the Matchplay Championship will qualify to play in the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open at Muthaiga Golf Club.

Meanwhile, Tanzania Golf Union (TGU) confirmed the dates for this year’s East Africa Challenge Cup which will now take place at Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate popularly known as “KiliGolf” from August 21 to 25.

The David Jones-designed course is situated Usa River, about 30km from Arusha on the Arusha/Moshi highway.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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