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Nalima, Kagoro win schools golf tournament, grab Emirates tickets

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 20th May 2019 08:15 AM

The ten-year-olds returned 37 and 34 gross respectively over 7 holes to beat over twenty players in their category.

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Gems Cambridge International School's Ivan Nalima (left) and Daffodil's Keisha Kagoro pose with their trophies after the Golf in Schools program competition at Kitante. PHOTOS: Michael Nsubuga

The ten-year-olds returned 37 and 34 gross respectively over 7 holes to beat over twenty players in their category.

 
Gems Cambridge International School’s Ivan Nalima and Daffodils Academy’s Keisha Kagoro got a once in a lifetime chance to play at the prestigious Dubai Creek Golf Club after emerging the best during the Golf in Schools program tournament played at Kitante on Thursday.
 
The ten-year-olds returned 37 and 34 gross respectively over 7 holes to beat over twenty players in their category and over 100 others who participated in the event, to the two Emirates Airlines air tickets, which was the ultimate prize on the day.
 
In Dubai, they will get chance to be tutored by qualified instructors in the Emirates Golf Club’s Golf Academy junior program, that is one of the highly regarded and technologically advanced academies that have been responsible for nurturing and developing many talented golfers.
 
The excitement was inevitable for the two youngsters with Kagoro shading tears of joy as she collected her prizes while Nalima was all over hugging everyone that crossed his path.
 
“I’m in total shock, I’m just so happy that I won, it feels great, I didn’t expect it at all but I could have done it without my coach Daniel Baguma. This is my first trophy and I hope to improve my game of golf in Dubai and also have fun,” Nalima said.
 

 Kings College Budo student golfers pose with their trophy won from the Golf in Schools program competition at Kitante

Kagoro attributed her win on concentration and keeping calm while on the course.
 
“I just decided to keep my head down and concentrate; I expected to win because I had faith in God. I want to be the best lady golfer in the world.
 
“The course was fine and I got two birdies. I expect to visit some golf courses and see some professionals in Dubai,” Keisha who bagged her third trophy said. She has played internationally in South Africa, Malaysia and in Kenya before.
 
Kings College Budo walked away with the Greensomes trophy after returning 196 gross while Gems and 7Hills International School were second and third respectively with 212 and 230 gross respectively.
 
“It was just hard work, faithfulness to the sport because we knew about the tournament late, so we had to put in our all and we have just started the sport at school, so it was a challenge.
 
“But I want to thank the school and everyone who helped us get here and all the sponsors for making this happen. This is an eye opener for us because we see so many opportunities and the sport is not restrictive, so I thank the organisers for bringing the sport to schools,” Budo golf captain Davis Nsubuga stated.
 
The top three schools, Budo, Gems Cambridge, and 7-Hills each had a golf account opened for them with sh100, 000/- each by Commercial Bank of Africa.
 
“I urge all of you to work hard and practice a lot if you want to enjoy similar success,” Uganda Ladies Golf Union president Eva Magala, advised the students.
 
The event was made possible through partnerships and sponsorships from Ugandan tech heavyweight Efficiencie, Commercial Bank of Africa Uganda (cba), Emirates Uganda, Dubai Creek Golf Club, Uganda Golf Club, Palm Valley Golf and Country Club, Uganda Golf Union, African Golf Network and The R&A
 
Results- Greensomes
 
Wining school
 
Kings College Budo 196
 
Gems Cambridge 212
 
7Hills 230
 
7 Holes
 
Boys
 
Ivan Nalima 37gross
 
Shaka Kariisa 39c/b
 
Noble Katoro 39
 
Girls
 
Keisha Kagoro 34
 
Tong Michelle 41
 
Mercy Ayebare 51c/b
 
9 holes
 
Jojo Margiota 72
 
Patel Ayali 82
 
Emmanuelle Corda 85
 
18 holes
 
Aziz Bagalana 67
 
Ronald Wesonga 67
 
Girls
 
Milly Namboze 61
 
Gaby Nabitaka 69
 
Subsidiary-Boys
 
Charles Kamyuka 30gross
 
Asuman Kaweesa 34
 
Girls
 
Michelle Mone 53
 
Holly Agamire 63
 
Gross Winner
 
John Musimenta 79

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