KAMPALA. Uganda’s sole representative Phillip Kasozi rued one wrong decision after he missed the cut during the PGA European Tour event at the Magical Kenya Open a fortnight ago.
“One bad decision on Hole No.6 on Day One and that was it,” Kasozi summarized his +6 show at the Karen Country Club from March 14-17.
But Kasozi won’t give up. His never-say-die character keeps pushing him avert the status quo of an ordinary Ugandan professional golfer.
Early this week, he flew out to partake in the Zambia Open on the Sunshine Tour.
He narrowly missed out on the event which tees-off at the par-72 Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe this morning.
“I had to borrow some money to make an entry late,” explained Kasozi.
“I couldn’t connect from Lusaka to Kitwe by air so I used the road and arrived here late. But I will be fine,” he said.
Indeed, he will be okay. Kasozi missed the practice round yesterday. He however, still has knowledge of the course having made the Zambia Open cut at the same venue last year.
“Without much time, I walked through the course to see the pin placements and we will see how it goes,” said the man who turned pro in 2015.
With opening rounds of 69 and 72, Kasozi made the cut last year and consequently finished in 35th position tied with Zimbabwean Dayne Moore, Englishman Luke Joy and South African Andrew van der Knaap on 292 gross after four rounds.
At Kitwe this time, Kasozi is in 146-man field and will tee-off in company of American Kyle Baker and South African Thanda Mavundla on Hole No.10 in race for the kitty at 2.5m Rands (Shs635m).
“I will always go for it. You only get better by trying here. If you get stuck, you borrow and go play. But I will risk until I get that $1m in one day. The journey continues here (Zambia),” he added.
Kasozi fact file
Full-time job: Professional golfer
Best score: 63 gross at Ugana Golf Club
Favourite golf club: Black Mountain Golf
Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand
Favourite ball: Titleist
Favourite golfer: Tiger Woods
Major Honours: Uganda Amateur Open
(2012), Kinyara Open (2017)