A few hearts were broken by Uganda Golf Union (UGU) president Kiryowa Kiwanuka as he announced the final nine-man squad to represent the nation at the East Africa Golf Challenge Trophy (EAGCT) set for August 27-31 at the challenging par-71 Entebbe Golf Club (EGC) course yesterday.
There was no place for Tooro Golf Club (TGC)’s experienced scratch golfer Lawrence Muhenda as well as the rookie pair of Abraham Ainamani (Palm Valley Kakungulu) and Andrew Byaruhanga (EGC).
“I had some personal problems,” not surprised by his own omission, admitted Muhenda during the press briefing held to unveil Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) as the title sponsors of the 16th edition of the EAGCT.
“By the time I finished those problems and was ready to play, the rest of the guys were already in top form and it was hard to beat them. But I would have made the squad any day. I also trust the selected guys to win the Cup at home.”
UBL’s package is worth Shs200m and it will cater for logistics, dinners, uniforms plus the opening and closing ceremonies.
But the selected team cuts it as a perfect mix of the classy young guns and seasoned campaigners with star names like captain Phillip Kasozi and two-time Uganda Open winner Peter Ssendawula making the squad.
There is also an enterprising quartet from TGC comprising of Muhenda’s younger sibling Adolf Muhumuza, lanky Ronald Rugumayo, national junior team captain Ronald Otile and diminutive Happy Robert, who is also a member of Kilembe Mines Golf Club (KMGC).
Lugazi-based Mehta Golf Club’s musician-cum-golfer Ronald ‘Ronnie King’ Bukenya makes a return to the side after missing the Africa Zone VI in South Africa. In-form Robert ‘Escobar’ Oluba of Entebbe and another homeboy in Henry Lujja will finally make his debut after a hatful of years in the cold.
“This team has been in camp for four weeks and will do well,” said Kiwanuka.
Six countries will be in the mix including defending champions Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and newcomers Ethiopia.
Selected Team Uganda:
Ronald Bukenya, Robert Oluba. Amos Kamya Ronald Otile, Phillp Kasozi (Captain), Happy Robert, Henry Lujja, Peter Ssendawula, Adolf Muhumuza and Ronald Rugumayo. Coach: Amos Kamya.
Team Manager: Morris Ongwech
Dropped: Abraham Ainamani, Lawrence Muhenda, and Andrew Byaruhanga.