Odds are heavily stacked against Uganda but coach Amos Kamya is confident of a good showing going into the Africa Zone VI Golf Championship that tees off proper at the par-72 Uganda Golf Club (UGC) Kitante course this morning.
“We are going for maximum points. Yes, all of the eight points at stake in today’s opening round of singles,” said Kamya after Team Uganda’s last practice round yesterday morning.
“We have prepared well and the guys are ready for whichever opposition the draw will line up against them. You are going to see a motivated team playing with hunger and a lot of passion.”
From the Ugandan camp, Tooro’s Ronald Rugumayo is the reserve player whereas Entebbe-based Henry Lujja will sit out the opening round.
The rest of the Adolf Muhumuza-captained side is a mixture of tried and tested, bubbly young and experienced crop that made it through a rigorous provisional squad of 70 players. At 19, Ronald Otile is the youngest, whereas 49-year-old Gideon Kagyenzi, the UGC Greens Keeper, is the oldest.
There is only one debutant in Entebbe’s stalwart Martin Ochaya, who is a young brother to former national team stars Dickson Lagoro and Ronald Kidega.
Muhumuza, too, echoed Kamya’s words. “We are not just talking big,” said the 22-year-old.
“We are only speaking our minds because we believe we can do something. We know all the corners of this course and we are eager to make the most of this home aantage.”
But for Uganda’s words to yield any fruit, they must neutralize the elite opposition of Zimbabwe, Namibia and primarily that of record champions South Africa, who have won 19 of the 20 editions held since 1995.
“The fairways are good and the greens are holding well,” said South Africa’s Tristen Strydom. “We have been training in Argentina for two weeks and are definitely here to win again. But in golf, anything can happen.”
The Longest Drive competition, sponsored by HTC Hub, will wrap up the day’s activities at the par-4 402-yard long 18th hole. Tomorrow, teams will play two rounds of foursomes and four-ball better-ball before the delegates convene at UGC for the Africa Zone VI Council Meeting.
7am: First round singles
1pm: Lunch at UGC
4pm: Longest Drive (18th hole)
7pm: Dinner at Sheraton
SOURCE: Daily Monitor