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Uganda's Okong misses cut at Junior Open Championship

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 13th July 2016 05:12 PM

The 15-year-old Mehta Golf Club player returned 91 gross

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Okong pictured at the Barassie Golf Club in Kilmarnock.

The 15-year-old Mehta Golf Club player returned 91 gross

National team player Edrine Okong’s first outing at the Junior Open Championship in Scotland failed to yield fruit when he missed the cut after two rounds yesterday.

The 15-year-old Mehta Golf Club player returned 91 gross in the opening round before carding 95 in the second, for a total of 186; to miss the cut by 16 strokes at the Barassie Golf Club in Kilmarnock.

152 golfers played two rounds of stroke play, after which the leading 80 players and ties progressed to the third and final round, in the biennial event which has attracted players from 80 countries.

Valeria Pacheco from Puerto Rico was leading the field with 145 gross (74;71) while Park Hyunkyung (146) from Korea and Oliveria Mateo Fernandez (147) from Argentina were second and third respectively going into the last round yesterday.

It was Okong’s third outing in an international competition for Uganda at the tournament where all golfing nations affiliated to the R&A enter their best under 16 boys and girls golfers.

The Royal and Ancient Club of Scotland and African Express Airways sponsored golfer is the first golfer to represent the country at that level.

Some of the world’s best golfers who have featured in the Junior Open over the years, include 2014 Champion Golfer of the Year Rory McIlroy, 2015 US Open and Masters Champion Jordan Spieth, seven-time European Ryder Cup player Sergio Garcia, 2010 US Women’s Open Champion Paula Creamer and 2012 Ladies Scottish Open winner Carly Booth.

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