Ronald Otile will be key for Uganda in the Zone V championships in Zambia. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
Michael Nsubuga
Sports journalist @New Vision

Uganda is out of the race for the All-Africa Amateur Golf Championship after failing to improve their scores in the second round of the event taking place at the El Gouna Golf Club in Egypt.

Uganda opened with an 8th position placement after the first round but slipped to 9th after the second-round action having carded 229 from their best three players on the day; Emmanuel Jakisa, Collin Ajidra and Ronald Otile. But their score was a stroke more than their opening round total of 228.

Apart from Emmanuel Jakisa who improved his first-round individual score by five strokes, Ajidra who was Uganda’s best in the opening round played five-over 77 (2 strokes more than what he returned in the first round), while Otile added four strokes on his opening three-over 75.

As Uganda slipped, Zambia improved their overall day’s score by three strokes to displace Uganda.

This means in the remaining two rounds; Uganda will continue playing only for better overall placements but not for the championship, though team Coach Flavia Namakula still believes otherwise.

“We are not out yet. The plan is to try and play under par in the remaining rounds,” she said. Uganda trails the leaders Morocco by 42 strokes, going into the third round of the event.

The Uganda Golf Union (UGU) opted to field four Uganda’s US-based golfers instead of the team that lost to Kenya in both the Africa Region IV Golf Championship and the Victoria Cup but the US-based golfers have so far not met the expectations of the tournament.

Uganda last competed in the 2018 edition where they were good for fourth place at the Mont Choisy Le Golf course in Port Louis, Mauritius.

Leaderboard after second round
Morocco       204 211 415
South Africa 208 212 420
Tunisia          215 216 431

Kenya           213 219 432
Egypt            225 220 445

Zimbabwe    223 231 454
Mauritius      227 224 451
Uganda         228 229 457
Zambia         229 226 455
Namibia       229 232 461
Ghana           232 227 459
Seychelles    232 239 471
Gabon           235 237 472
Angola          261 248 509
Cameroon      296 284 580

Uganda individual scores

Emmanuel Jakisa 78 73 151
Colline Ajidra      75 77 152
Ronald Otile         75 79 154

Titus Okwong        83 79 162

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