That Joseph Mawejje didn’t make the cut on the final 10-man national amateur team last week, it wasn’t down to his lack of tempo, talent or temperament for the big stage.
A late entry into the national trials after the Uganda Golf Union (UGU) technical wing drafted in Mawejje and Gideon Kagyenzi despite being over the set trials age of 35, the latter will have to wait longer to don’t he national stripe and miss out on a lifetime chance to play at the Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate, Stellenbosch - Cape Town, South Africa when Uganda competes in the Africa Zone VI Golf Championship due April 14-17. But it was entirely not his problem.
Nicknamed ‘club champion’ because of his dominance at the in-house events at Uganda Golf Club (UGC) Kitante course, Mawejje didn’t find any luck in the rigorous qualification trials that had the 24-man provisional side caddie for itself as well for as many as five rounds of golf.
But the soft-spoken Mawejje eased the pain by winning the Serena President’s Shield at the par-72 Kitante course on Friday.
National team shock
“I still cannot believe I failed to make it on the national team on Thursday,” the handicap one golfer, who returned 39 points to win on countback, told Daily Monitor in an exclusive interview. “The trials were on my home course and I had superior local knowledge.
There was some pressure but I missed narrowly. I still,though, believe am still than some who qualified. Lady luck wasn’t on my side. But this victory will help me get back my confidence, fans and silence the critics who think I am a spent force.”
Mawejje’s near perfect round that comprised of three birdies was rewarded further by sponsors Serena, whose Managing Director Mahmud JanMohamed and chief guest Amelia Anne Kyambadde, the minister of trade and industry, presented him a voucher of two nights at the Serena-Dar-es Salaam Hotel and a round of golf at the Gymkhana Club.
Outgoing president Amos Nzeyi was grateful to all the clubs for the support rendered to him during his reign. “Words cannot express how much thankful I am,” he said. “The successes I achieved were a collective affair and I know K.K (Kiryowa Kiwanuka – the new president) will continue the good works.”
Elsewhere, Henry Rugamba took over the reins from Charles Katarikawe as new captain at the UGC. Rugamba polled 93 votes to Paul Baite’s 58 during the elective assembly held on Thursday night.
The new vice-captain is Dr. Robert Lim Lim (56votes) who beat three other challengers in Sabiiti Bageine (36 votes), Solomon Kego (30 votes) and Nicholas Okwir (29 votes) to the post. The secretary Dan Kalimuzo and treasurer Robert Mukasa were unopposed for their posts.
How they finished
Joseph Mawejje 39 points c/b
Group winners (men)
A: Gerald Kabuye 37
B: Morris Ashaba 37
C: Marvin Kagoro 39
Group winners (women)
A: Flavia Namakula 39 points
B: Jovia Nyakaisiki 34 c/b
NEW UGC EXECUTIVE
Captain: Henry Rugamba
Vice-captain: Dr Robert Lim Lim
Secretary: Daniel Kalimuzo
Treasurer: Robert Mukasa