The Uganda Golf Union has selected seven top junior talents to fight for national glory at the 2022 All-Africa Junior Golf Challenge in Egypt this month.
The premier junior golf tournament in Africa will be held at the Palm Hills Golf Course in Cairo between 26 March and shall climax on April 1, 2022.
The tournament will also serve as the qualifying path way for the prestigious Toyota Junior Golf World Cup. The top two teams from the boys category and the winner of the girls category will compete againt the best in junior golf around the world in Japan later this year
Reigning Uganda Junior Golf Open winner Godfrey Nsubuga Dunstan will captain both the boys and girls teams as they seek to improve on Uganda’s bronze place finish in Morocco in 2018.
Joseph Akena Raegan – day one leader during the 2021 Uganda Open, Emmanuel Adrabo, and Ibrahim Ssemakula complete the four player boys team.
Frista Birabwa – winner of the 2022 Uganda Junior Golf Open in the girls category is part of a three player girls team that also includes Vivian Achen Wanok and Winnie Musuya.
“After two years without any international engagement, we are pleased to have our junior national team participating in this tournament,” UGU president Moses Masiko told Sanyuka TV.
“It is a great opportunity for us to gain experience as we prepare them to join the ranks for the senior team in the future.”
The bots and girls will surely give it their best and we are certain to walk away with some silverware,” he added.
The All-Africa Junior Golf Championship will be the first outing for Flavia Namakula following her appointment as the new golf national team head coach.
But the five time Uganda Ladies Open winner, who was also in charge of the junior team that competed in 2018, was quick to deflect the weight of expectations placed on the young shoulders of her players.
“We have prepared well,” Namakula said, adding; “They are still young players and at their age the most important thing is to gain the experience and not carry the burden of winning.”
“They are a special group with incredible ability. I believe that they can do something special, but as I have said they are not under any pressure to win.”
“We have had good preparations at the courses in Entebbe, Serena and at the Uganda golf club.”
“The three courses give us different challenges but also provide a similar environment to what we shall face in Egypt,” she added.
There will only be team prizes that will be scored under stroke play from the four rounds. The best three stroke plays shall count for the boys while only the best two stroke plays shall count for the girls.