Twenty national team golfers will form part of an expected 100 players when the seventh edition of the Mayombo Memorial Open tees off at Fort Portal’s Tooro Golf Club course today.
Among those will be U-19 captain Ronald Otile, who will be defending the title fresh from leading the team at the All Africa Junior Golf Challenge at the Chainama Hills Golf Club in Lusaka, Zambia.
By press time on Thursday, Otile had stroked four-over-par 76 – his best score at the event, to help Uganda stay fifth with a day’s aggregate of 236 and cumulative total of 703. But today will be yet another day, another task for Otile as Tooro remember their fallen son and former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence Brigadier Noble Mayombo, who died in 2007.
JB Tumusime, the Uganda Golf Union (UGU) executive member in charge of competitions, confirmed to Saturday Monitor they are facilitating national team players to be in Fort Portal.
“We know what Tooro Golf Club means to us. They are very committed and we shall continue supporting them. They have produced majority of the young generation. Actually about 75 per cent of the national team are from Tooro Club. Three of the four junior players at the All Africa Challenge in Zambia are from Tooro Club,” he said.
The three are Otile, Denis Otim and Daniel Baguma.
“We are using Tooro Club as our model and we encourage all other clubs to learn from them, that is why we have brought national team golfers and invited all other clubs. But what we want now is to make this Mayombo Memorial Open bigger than it is now by getting big sponsors.”