Seniors Challenge aims to return lost glory at Kabale

Wednesday October 31 2018

Going Back Home. Sheila Kesiime hails from

Going Back Home. Sheila Kesiime hails from Kabale. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO 

By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE & INNOCENT NDAWULA

KAMPALA. More than two decades ago, Kabale Sports Club was a hub of activity.
Beyond squash, table tennis and volleyball, golfers frequented the facility in the Kigezi Region particularly for the Easter Open, recalls Dr Sam Zaramba, a man who has seen it all.

However, Kabale went ‘silent’ in the ears of the golfers. But son of the soil Zaramba among others won’t look on.
The Uganda Seniors Golfing Society (USGS), where Zaramba also belongs, is keen on rebooting the status at Kabale Sports Club.
USGS plans to do this through the Kabale Seniors Challenge at the nine-hole par-70 course on Saturday.

“In the ‘80s and ‘90s, we used to have two Uganda Golf Union calendar events but because of several reasons particularly mismanagement, it is no more at Kabale,” 73-year-old Zaramba stated during the tournament launch held Uganda Golf Club yesterday.
Supporting upcountry golf clubs is something that USGS are doing passionately. After works in Fort Portal and Tororo, they are now in Kabale.

“We said we would go to upcountry clubs and support them through fundraising events as well as mobilization and so, we are going to Kabale,” USGS chairman Jackson Karyarugokwe, said.
Now about 30 seniors, who are above the age of 55, are expected to be part of an 80-man field when Kabale hosts its first tournament since the Mutebile Open on January 28.

“We are delighted with the initiative taken by the Uganda Seniors Golfing Society. As always, Kabale is fine with a thrilling atmosphere whenever we host,” Kabale Sports Club chairman Elvis Twenda noted.
“The course is in its final touches and the tournament is open to both ladies and men not only the seniors.”

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