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GEMS Cambridge to fly golfers to Botswana

Thursday February 28 2019

Ready to shine: The Uganda Junior Golf team

Ready to shine: The Uganda Junior Golf team posing with GEMS Cambridge officials and students yesterday. Photo by John Batanudde 

By Darren Allan Kyeyune

KAMPALA. Uganda Golf Union (UGU) continues to stamp its mark in the corporate waters after amplifying their relationship with GEMS Cambridge International School yesterday.
UGU officials led by president Innocent Kihika were in awe after GEMS offered five tickets to the Team Uganda contingent that will represent at the Africa Junior Golf Championships due next month in Botswana.
On the bright morning, UGU received tickets for four players and coach Stephen Kasaija to challenge for honours at an event South Africa has won since its inception in 1994.

“We are entirely grateful to GEMS for the support they have rendered to the Union since the Uganda Open last year and at Entebbe and now coming to the aid of our junior team,” stated Kihika.
“This sponsorship is in line with the Union’s policy of golf and education where juniors are encouraged to stay in school while they develop their gam and end up with scholarships,” he said.
“As Cambridge, we are proud to sponsor the team because this team represents the future of golf in the country and hopefully we can inspire our own students into representing Uganda in the years to come,” remarked GEMS PRO Brenda Mutesi.

The team is already in camp at Kidepo Guest House in Entebbe from where they will depart for Botswana on March 8 ahead of the event the tees-off on March 11-17 at the Phakalane Golf Club in Gaborone.
“We are doing well,” coach Kasaija said of the preparations where the team of nine was chopped to six on Tuesday. “As you can see, we have air-tickets to travel earlier and get used to the course,” he said.
The Phakalane course has greens as fine as those at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort in Kigo.

“We got the course layout and are in touch with Serena to try out the putting surfaces and fairways,” Kasaija noted. He will cut the team to four after today’s rounds with UGC’s Michael Alunga, Tooro’s Denis Asaba in the race. There are four more boys from Lugazi’s Mehta Golf Club in Godfrey Nsubuga, Ibrahim Aliga, Joseph Kanolera and captain Joel Basalaine in the quest.

Team to botswana

Godfrey Nsubuga (Lugazi), Michael
Alunga (UGC), Ibrahim Aliga (Lugazi),
Denis Asaba (Tooro), Joseph Kanolera
(Lugazi), Joel Basalaine (Lugazi)
COACH: Stephen Kasaija