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Golfers vie for national team slots ahead of Victoria Cup

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 24th June 2017 05:17 PM

National team manager John Katto, on Thursday released a twenty-man squad

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Abraham Ainamani makes another attempt to make the national team. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

National team manager John Katto, on Thursday released a twenty-man squad

A twenty-man Uganda national golf team squad starts work on Monday in preparation for the second edition of the Victoria Cup, due July 6-9 at Entebbe Club.

National team manager John Katto, on Thursday released a twenty-man squad that will tussle it out amongst themselves for the top ten positions required for duty.

The twenty start preparations with a physical work-out that will involve jogging around the Entebbe course Monday ahead of a 36-hole qualifier on Wednesday. On Friday they will then work on the foursomes and fourball better ball pairings.

The team will then test themselves against the professionals in another 36-holes test ahead of the official practice round on July 5.

The team includes team captain Becca Mwanja, Eskom tournament winner Herman ‘Deco’ Mutebi and some of the most experienced members on the squad, Ronald Rugumayo, Martin Ochaya and Dennis Asaba.

The rest are Emma Ogwang, Henry Ssali, David Kamulindwa, Joseph Kasozi, Abraham Ainamani, Nickson Ambovi, Patrick Anziku, Michael Alunga, Emma Moko, Solomon Enyoru, Rodwel Gaita, Hassan Kiyemba, Richard Baguma, Grace Kasango and Ismail Muhamood .

The Kenyans have already released their ten-man squad captained by one of their most experienced players, Alfred Nandwa.

According to press reports Nandwa believes their current team is better than the one that edged Uganda by a point (13.5-12.5 points) last year in Nairobi and is hopeful of a successful title defence.

Kenya will parade John Karichu, Mike Kisia, Samuel Njoroge, Edwin Mudanyi, Kenneth Bollo, Jeff Kubwa, Dennis Saikwa, Agil Is-Hag and Mutahi Kibugu.

“We have a better team compared to what we had last year. This year, most golfers are plus One or Two handicap compared to last year’s. at the same time, we have the best performers making the team more formidable than last year. Meaning, we have an upper hand to win the title than last year,” Nandwa said

The Kenyans arrive on June 4.

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