The motive behind the inaugural edition of the Seniors Golf Open last year was to provide awareness to the society that one can play golf even beyond the age of 50 years.
And certainly, the elders of the game could have achieved as they have often had more categories to play at different club events this year. The second edition of the Seniors Open is set to re-affirm the fundamental plan as 150 players take part in the two-day event at the par-72 course in Kitante tomorrow.
“We want to grow the game further,” Uganda Seniors Golfing Society (USGS) chairman Jackson Karyaruboowe said at the press conference.
“It will improve all of us,” Karyaruboowe’s vice-chairman Mark Ntege said of the tournament yet again sponsored by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to a tune of Shs20m.
“This event is tactically coinciding with the celebration of the International Civil Aviation Week that runs from December 1-7 across the world,” CAA Public and Corporate affairs manager Vianney Luggya said
“We noticed senior golfers regularly use our facilities at Entebbe Airport. So we are doing this as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility that encourages support in areas of health, sport and education.” Luggya added.
The stroke-play event will have majority of the players of 55 years and above, take part in two rounds with side bets included like nearest to the pin and longest drive.
Last year, Onyango Matata beat a field of 90 players with a score of 160 gross, beating Steven Katwiremu by six strokes. Also to note, Solo Kego made a hole-in-one on par-3 No.6 using an 8-Iron Ping ball (Pro No.1 Titleist) as witnessed by James Sekajugo and Steven Kasaija.