By Bruno Mugooda
ALL roads will lead to the 9-hole course at Jinja Golf Club where over 150 golfers will be taking part in the Kakira Golf Open slated for November 8-10.
Kakira Sugar Limited has injected sh50m in the three-day event.
According to the Kakira event coordinator Jim Kabeho, this year’s tournament will have 22 professionals and 40 gross golfers who will tee off on November 8 and 10 respectively. The 120 amateurs will tee off on November 9.
He however disclosed that the top 80 amateur golfers will make the cut at the end of the first round on Saturday (November 9).
“We want the cut in order to have our amateurs golfers put up a competitive show right from the start,” said Kabeho.
Jinja club secretary Eddy Kasaija was happy with the new format.
“We have entered 22 professionals, 22 and 142 amateurs and we shall only draw those whose names have been entered before tee-off dates because this will help us save time,” said Kasaija.
With all the professionals confirming participation in this year’s event for a share of sh6m prize money, last year’s winner Brian Toolit formerly from Jinja Club will have a tough challenge from this year’s Uganda Open champion Vincent Byamukama, Deo Akope, Herman Mutaawe and Jinja’s contingent of Ian Odokonyero, Fred Wanzala, Grace Ocici, Opio Onito and Saidi Mawa.
‘’I know the pressure will always be on as a defending champion. But I will try to have good training on the course so as to work on my chipping,” said Toolit.
Chief guest will be Rwanda’s Ambassador to Uganda Frank Mugambagye, while Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga will preside over the closing ceremony on the final day of the tournament.