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Uganda slips to third at the All Africa Junior Golf Championships

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 13th March 2019 06:21 PM

Zambia who improved their day-one scores by 13 strokes is now tied third with Uganda

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Rookie Ibrahim Aliga continued his superb form. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

Zambia who improved their day-one scores by 13 strokes is now tied third with Uganda

National team rookie Ibrahim Aliga remained Uganda’s best player as the All Africa Junior Golf Challenge raged on Wednesday at the Phakalane Golf Estate Club in Botswana.
 
Aliga returned three-over par 75 just like team Captain Joel Basalaine; with Michael Alunga carding a scoring 77 for a day’s total of 227 gross.
 
But that was five strokes more than their opening round’s score of 222 which had the Ugandans sleep in second. Dennis Asaba returned a non-scoring 79 as Uganda slipped to third place overall in the 13-country competition.
 
Yesterday’s returns did not help Uganda’s cause as they surrendered their second place to Morocco who carded 218 on the day for a total of 447 over the two days.
 
Zambia who improved their day-one scores by 13 strokes is now tied third with Uganda on a total of 447 gross after the first 36 holes.
 
The battle for second place and for a chance to represent Africa at the 2019 Toyota Junior World Cup in Japan is now headed to the wire with Morocco, Uganda and Zambia all fighting for the place with two rounds to go.
 
Twenty-time winners South Africa who had Casey Jarvis, Samuel Simpson, Christo Lamprecht on the scoreboard maintained their lead, and are 49 strokes ahead of the chasing pack.
 
Uganda finished third last year winning bronze for the first time in Morocco.
 
Standings after Day 2
 
South Africa 200, 200 400
 
Morocco 229, 218 447
 
Zambia 231, 218 449  
 
Uganda 222 227 449
 
Zimbabwe 236, 232 468
 
Nigeria 240, 243 483
 
Namibia 244, 244 488
 
Egypt 248, 243 483
 
Mauritius 254, 257 511
 
Eswatini 255, 247 502
 
Gabon 259, 252 511
 
Tanzania 259, 245 504
 
Botswana 260, 268 528

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