Toro Club Golfer Brian Asaba checks his kit prior to tee off on Wednesday afternoon at Entebbe Golf Club on the last day of the national team qualifiers Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

2nd Victoria Golf Cup:

  • 6th – 8th July 2017
  • At Entebbe Golf Club
[/media-credit] Toro Club Golfer Brian Asaba checks his kit prior to tee off on Wednesday afternoon at Entebbe Golf Club on the last day of the national team qualifiers Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The Victoria Golf Cup between friendly foes Uganda and Kenya is just days from tee-off at the Par 71 lake side Entebbe Golf Club.

As a preparatory mechanism, the host country engaged 21 players in three grueling days competitive qualifiers held at Entebbe Golf club.

The Uganda national golf team has taken shape after 72 holes played on a match play format.

The qualifiers teed off on a rain laden Monday with 18 holes action, before 36 holes on Tuesday and finally the last 18 on Wednesday.

Eleven players (one reserve) out of the total number of 21 who were invited for the qualifiers have made the team.

Entebbe Golf Club long hitting member Davis ‘Dubuisson’ Kato made the grade for the very first time after desperate years of trying.

Kato amassed 9 points using his treasured golf kit of Bridgestone J33 – irons, XX10 Srixon (driver), Mizuno 50 & 58 degrees (wedges) and Mizuno (putter).

[/media-credit] Davis Kato retires after a successful round of golf at Entebbe Golf Club. All the golfers having been carrying their own kits as part of the training Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Kato attributed the local knowledge of the home Entebbe course as another bonus to his qualification.

I grew up on this course. I practice and play from here.

Home advantage played in my favour.

Save for the rains on the opening day, the course was playable.

Successful players:

The other successful golfers on the team are; team captain Becca Mwanja, Adolf Muhumuza, Ismail Muhammod, Emmanuel Ogwang, Richard Baguma, Herman Deco Mutebi, Davis Kato, David Kamulindwa, Ronald Rugumayo and Dennis Asaba.

Martin Ochaya is the reserve player on the team.

[/media-credit] Martin Ochaya with a powerful driving shot during the final box at Entebbe Golf Club on Wednesday Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Uganda national team officially kick starts residential training ahead of the second Victoria Cup against Kenya this Friday in Entebbe.

The team players are accommodated at Kidepo Guest House near Kitoro trading center, a stones-throw away from the oldest golfing facility in East Africa.

Uganda head coach, Amos Kamya, who has been closely monitoring the qualifiers expects to assemble a formidable team.

[/media-credit] Uganda National Golf team head coach Amos Kamya rests in the Entebbe Club house Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Kamya revealed to Kawowo Sports that the competitive nature of the qualifiers have helped out the team;

I am impressed by the level of competition shown by all players.

It was too close to call at some stage.

I expect a good team. For the next days, I will concentrate on formulating the pairings and polishing on play for each of the players who has qualified.

Kamya believes the home advantage will be a great factor at play ahead of the championship that will be played over 3 days in a four ball better format and the singles on the final day.

[/media-credit] Team Uganda Captain Becca Mwanja places his titlist model ball shortly before tee off for the final round of the qualifiers on Wednesday Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Entebbe club will host the second edition of the Victoria cup between 6th and 8th July 2017.

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

Full Team Uganda:

  • Captain: Becca Mwanja
  • Others: Adolf Muhumuza, Ismail Muhammod, Emmanuel Ogwang, Richard Baguma, Herman Deco Mutebi, Davis Kato, David Kamulindwa, Ronald Rugumayo and Dennis Asaba.
  • Reserve player: Martin Ochaya
  • Head coach: Amos Kamya
  • Team manager: Oscar Ssemawere
  • Official: Edwin Tumusiime

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

Leave a comment

Please let us know what you think Cancel reply