SIXTEEN-year-old golfer Ronald Otile, a student of Mpanga SS in Fort Portal, could become the youngest player to win the Uganda Open that tees off tomorrow at Uganda Golf Club.
1997 champion Stephen â€˜Tiger Woodsâ€™ Birungi, who was 17 when he won his first of three back-to-back titles, still stands as the youngest winner.
Ex-professional Stephen Kasaija has warned that Otile (h/c4) who arrived in Kampala yesterday has what it takes to win the tournament.
â€œThe young man is in great form. He has won several tournaments in Fort Portal and consistently plays under par 70, notably with a couple of 66 gross. He travelled to Kampala in time and if he can be composed and endure the four-day contest, he is capable of shocking people,â€ Kasaija warned.
Otile arrived with several other teenagers from Toro Club, keen on breaking the dominance of the event by golfers from Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja.
Toro Clubâ€™s Lawrence Muhenda, 18, Adolf Muhumuza, 17, and Ronald Rugumayo 18, were scheduled to have their initial practice session on the par -72 Kitante course yesterday.
Kasaija, whose participation in the tournament is subject to clearance by his employers â€”NSSF Fort Portal branch, downplayed his own chances of winning the event.
â€œIt will be difficult to beat those young players. We the old guards have to balance between work, family and playing but they have been more focused on the game,â€ Kasaija remarked.
The 72-hole tournament majorly sponsored by Tusker Malt Lager with Multiple Industries, UAP Insurance, AON Insurance, Pepsi and Dasani Water has attracted a field of over 150 competitors.
Otile out to make history