Dennis Asaba smiles as he walks to Entebbe Club House alongside the other national team golfers during a national team qualifier Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

2nd Victoria Cup

  • 6th – 8th July 2017
  • At Entebbe Golf Club
[/media-credit] Toro Club golfer Adolf Muhumuza drives off at the 1st Tee box of Entebbe Golf Club on Tuesday during the national team trials Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

A total of 21 players are tussling out during the trials for the available 10 slots on the Uganda National Golf team ahead of the 2nd edition of the Victoria Cup.

The trials being played on a match play format are taking place at the picturesque lake side Entebbe Golf Course.

Uganda national team head coach Amos Kamya is closely monitoring the players who are supposed to complete 72 holes in three days.

[/media-credit] Herman Deco Mutebi places a golf ball of Wilson Staff model on the 1st Tee Box at Entebbe Golf Club Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Entebbe born and bred youngster Herman Deco Mutebi, fresh from winning the ESCOM Open has so far been impressive, taking the lead after the first 36 holes of action by Tuesday afternoon tee-off.

Mutebi, using a Wilson Staff white golf ball disclosed to Kawowo Sports that he is working on the approach and putting shots ahead of the final day of the trials;

It is so far so good. This being my home golf course, I have not struggled at all.

I intend to better my approach and putting shots for the best overall result

Ten players will make the cut for the national team which starts official training sessions on Thursday this week.

[/media-credit] Uganda National team Golf Captain Becca Mwanja prepares to tee off during the national team trials on Tuesday at Entebbe Golf Club Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

National team captain Becca Mwanja, Richard Baguma, Denis Asaba, Adolf Muhumuza, Hassan Kiyemba, Jinja’s duo of Muhammod Ismail and the towering Grace Kasango are easy cards to bet for qualification.

On the opening day of the qualifiers (Monday), the golfers played 18 holes.

These have been followed by 36 holes on Tuesday before winding up with another 18 on Wednesday.

Mwanja hails the great spirit of competition which is a benchmark for selecting a competitive national team.

Fresh from a podium finish at the Netherlands Golf day business tourney, he asserts;

Everyone has been fighting to be on the day. No one is joking.

All the players are in fine form and small details will separate the successful ones from those who fail the bar line

[/media-credit] Dennis Asaba smiles as he walks to Entebbe Club House alongside the other golfers on Tuesday morning Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Other golfers in the qualifiers are Emmanuel Ogwang, David Kamulinde, Nickson Ambovi, Henry Ssali, Kasozi, Emmanuel Moko and Patrick Aziko.

After the national team has been selected, intensified training will continue with residential camp, more field practice and the range session.

Uganda will face Kenya between 6th to 8th July 2017 at Entebbe Golf Club.

[/media-credit] Richard Baguma, a UPDF playing golfer is part of the Uganda National team Golf team qualifiers at Entebbe Golf Club. All the golfers are supposed to carry their own kits for training purposes Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Last year, Kenya triumphed at the inaugural edition of the Victoria Cup hosted at Muthaiga Golf course.

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

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