Jinja Union Golf Club secretary Alex Agaba showed up to enjoy himself at the weekend’s Nile Golf Cup but got more than he bargained for, while Victoria Bagaaya crossed the Nile back to Tooro with the ladies’ crown.
Agaba carded 71 to win the overall tournament after 18 holes, beating Jinja’s Palm Valley golfer Rogers Eyoyo by two strokes in the second edition of the one-day Jinja Nile Golf Cup tournament over the weekend .
“I just came to enjoy my game without pressure but found myself winning today, thanks to my good putting during my last two holes on my back nine,” said Agaba, who had two birdies at holes 17 and 18 at the nine-hole Jinja Golf Club.
Tooro Golf Club’s Bagaaya showed little courtesy for her ‘host’ Catherine Buttner, defeating the Jinja Club veteran golfer by one stroke after carding 65.
Bagaaya, still a rookie by any standard, needed two birdies and six pars to save for the title of the tournament co-sponsored by Nation Media Group (NMG) under its subsidiaries Daily Monitor, NTV Uganda and KFM.
Authorities in Jinja used the tournament at their greens to advocate for environmental conservation with a call to golfers champion efforts against dumping of waste in lakes and rivers.
Jinja City Mayor-elect Peter Kasolo, who was the chief guest during the prize giving ceremony, said: “We all need safe water to have good health so let’s not pollute River Nile.”
NTV brand executive David Jonathan Sentongo pledged more support for the tournament.
Jinja South Division Mayor-elect Nasser Ashraf called on companies to join hands with city council as they aim to promote golf in the region by organising Jinja mayor’s golf open
“In order to help conserve our water, we’ll organise an annual ‘Jinja Mayor’s Golf Tournament,” he said.
Over 120 golfers from various clubs in the country participated in the one-day tournament in Jinja with the aim of conservation of river Nile.
The event was co-sponsored by Eskom, NFA, Nile Breweries Ltd, Rwenzori, Century Bottling Company, among others.
Jinja Nile Golf Cup
Victoria Bagaaya 65 Nett
Pavie Catherine 66
Dorothy Nabirye 72
Alex Agaba 71 Nett
R. Eyoyo 73
C. Kalumuna 79 c/b
P. Wakholi 73
K. Joel 75
M. Monne 69 Nett
A. Walter 76
D. Rwabugwire 79 c/b