Eastern, Buganda bank on Jinja-based players as Inter Regions tourney tees off

KAMPALA- When Buganda and Eastern scooped only their second and first Inter Regions Golf titles in 2010 and 2011 respectively, their triumphs left their rivals shell-shocked as they were earned against the odds.

And with every pundit staking his coin on Western to bag a record 17th title when the Castle Lite-sponsored 27th edition tees off today at the challenging nine-hole Jinja Golf Club (JGC)ourse today, the two regions are confident of pulling off a ‘heist’.

“This is our year,” said Buganda captain Sam Mubiru at the press launch held at Moringa Ogilvy during which Nile Breweries under the flagship brand of Castle Lite increased their sponsorship package by Shs10m to Shs50m.

“We have quality starting from the on-field captain Phillip Kasozi, who is also the national amateur team captain. We are also going to deploy tactfully. The camp is calm and ready to strike birdies.”

But Uganda Golf Union (UGU) vice president Johnson Omolo, shot back.

“Western have won in the papers but we will win on the field. We are going to field 17 homegrown talents and we shall have superior knowledge about the local conditions.”

The wise men from the East and Kabaka’s brigade will, however, have to contend with the new rules of engagement.

From fielding 24 players last year, each region will field 20 players comprising four ladies and the mode of play is medal this year.

The top 15 scores will count for each region on the leaderboard during the two days of action.

indawula@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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