Things are still in a mess. Two fairways already taken over by land developers for real estate business, the club house is in shambles, the course dilapidated and there is an on-going court battle against a group of sly guys trying to claim ownership illegally.
But Raymond Ekadu , the president of Soroti Golf Club, is optimistic sanity will prevail.
“This is the beginning of our revival,” said Ekadu after the Soroti Golf Club Fundraising Tournament held at the par-72 Uganda Golf Club (UGC) Kitante course last Saturday.
“Our good friends of Kampala have collected Shs10m in cash and another Shs5m in pledges. This will help us put a perimeter fence, re-mark the course, roof the club house and sort out our legal fees.”
Ekadu, who was flanked by the club treasurer John Epotu, could afford a laugh even in the face of aersity.
“The bad times are about to end. The big wars have been fought and won. We are just remaining with a small battle,” adds the 63-year-old.
Tean Kolin Construction where the overall winners returning with 135 stableford points to beat a total 22 teams that took part in the one-day tournament.
Team captain Abbey Bagalana (30 points), Morris Ashaba (33), Becca Mwanja (34) and Hassan Kiyemba (38) were the winning quartet with ever-green Monica Ntege taking the best lady’s diadem with 34 points whereas Steven Kitonsa (37) was the best male golfer on the day.
Uganda Golf Union (UGU) vice president Johnson Omolo, reaffirmed the union’s determination to revamp upcountry clubs including Mbale, Masaka and Soroti so that they can be playable and be able to host tournaments next year.
“We have already written to the home of golf Royal and Ancient (R and A) St Andrews in Scotland to avail mowers and kit to these clubs.
“That kit should be in Uganda within three months. Soroti have made a big stride and showed commitment by enlisting 40 members,” said Omolo.
And although the cost to get Soroti up and running like a modern club is Shs150m, hope springs eternal since the initiative has been taken.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor