Amateur Golfer Shocks Professionals (allAfrica.com)

Having won the 2015 Tusker Malt Amateur Golf Open, Ronald Otile was one of the 10 amateurs golfers invited to participate in the Professionals Open.

The calm demeanor in which he did it is what left many in awe of his skills.

The 20 year old Tooro Golf Club player went from being just a member of the Uganda National Golf team, to the face and future of Ugandan golf in under a week. In that one week, he won both the Amateurs’ Open as well as the professionals’ event including a round where he matched the course record (65).

As a result of his exploits, the youngster is now looking to resurrect his education, thanks to the fund that the golfing fraternity set up for him. Being an amateur, Otile was not entitled to the prize money that was at stake because “he is not yet at the level where he plays for money.”

“The golfing fraternity deemed it right to set up a fund for his education and golf career. He has a bright future and we would like to support him,” Herbert Rwamibazi, the Uganda Open Tournament Director noted.

Stanbic Bank set the ball rolling for Otile by opening up a savings account for him before Professor Anthony Kerali, the treasurer of the Uganda Golf Club and Chairman Kerussi International donated Ush24 million.

By the end of the night, the fund had swelled up to Ush65 million to help him as a golfer and also in his education as golf authorities seek for him to play at a top Golf academy in South Africa or the United States of America.

Otile is now embarking on a quest together with his Uganda National teammates to defend East African Golf Challenge due in Kigali, Rwanda later this month as well as the All Africa Golf Championships in Limuru, Kenya in October.