Jyotsna cools off the pressure with shades

KAMPALA. When the Africa Zone VI Golf Championship teed off last Thursday, no one could have predicted Uganda were going to win. The gallery was only of tens as the hosts rallied to finish joint top with South Africa on six-and-a-half points after Day One. Then the believers turned up early to watch the morning foursomes on Day Two, only for the rain to send them away. The players braved it to remain tied in pole position on 12.5 points. But the Kitante course was no place for the fainthearted on the final day. Uganda were quickly on the back foot as Ronald Otile and Robert Oluba lost their matches. The watching gallery had grown six-fold at the moment, the oooohs and aaaahs were as loud as an underground train’s horn.

Any more loss meant that Uganda would be out of contention. But whereas many failed to beat the pressure, Jyostna Ruparelia not only did it smartly but also in a classy way. An avid golfer and Team Uganda Commonwealth Bridge Games representative in 2010, Jyostna had two pairs of stunners and kept changing them depending on whether she was looking directly into the sun or not. A stern look rather a frown is all she had but her passion was there for all to see when Martin Ochaya sealed Uganda’s win with a 5 and 3 victory over Namibia’s Gabriel Shikodi. She later posed for pictures with the team and could be the one behind Ruparelia Foundation’s Shs10m offer to the new African champions.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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