Soft-spoken professional Brian Toolit will not be in the mix when the Mehta Open tees off this morning at the Mehta Golf Course, Lugazi.
Toolit is admitted at Mulago Hospital and is set to undergo an operation on his right knee on Monday as he seeks a permanent solution to an ailment that has hindered his career as a budding professional for the last 10 years.
“I didn’t want to miss any tournament this year,” said the Jinja-based golfer before checking in at Mulago on Friday. “But although I am partly sad, I am delighted that this ailment will be history. I am hoping I can bounce back stronger. I am grateful to my friends and members of Jinja Golf Club that have helped finance this operation.”
Toolit last won the Eskom Jinja Open in 2012. This year, he has participated in three tournaments but only made the cut at the Lady Captain’s Prize before pulling out after one round apiece at the Captain’s Prize and President’s Shield when his knee gave way.
In the fray at Lugazi, 80 amateurs will be vying for no less than 18 trophies, according to Scoul official George Karibwije.
“There is a gross category which is the main event and the subsidiary categories will include both men and women,” he said.
But the course is likely to spring up many surprises as it is very challenging despite being short.
“It’s a precision course. One cannot afford to be wild. The terrain is beautiful and greens are unpredictable. One must be very accurate,” advised national player Ronald Bukenya, who is the greens keeper of the course and will also be in the fray.