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Kagoro set for SA Junior African Golf Challenge

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 26th August 2019 06:31 PM

The tourney is a premium international golfing event presented by the US Kids Golf Tournament Players Association

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Keisha Kagoro is looking for further improvement in South Africa. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

The tourney is a premium international golfing event presented by the US Kids Golf Tournament Players Association

Uganda’s budding female junior golfer Keisha Kagoro is in South Africa to compete in the 2019 SA Kids Junior African Challenge at the San Lameer Country Club.

The ten-year-old will be looking to improve on her third-place finish she achieved at the SA Kids Junior African Challenge when she was nine last year.

Her third-place finish earned her entry into the 2018 World Junior Championships in Malaysia in December where she emerged 14th in her category off a field of 108 female juniors across the globe.

The South African event will attract the top children golfers from 52 countries, in the boys U-6 to the Boys U-18 and Girls U-7 to the Girls U-18. It is a qualifier for the Kids Golf World Championships Malaysia, IMG Junior World Championships, FCG Callaway World Championships and Australian Junior Age Division Golf Championships.

The SA Kids Junior African Challenge is a premium international golfing event presented by the US Kids Golf Tournament Players Association.

As Kagoro battles the over 180 players for the African title, other Ugandan juniors also take to the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort course to tee off the four-in-one Uganda Open, as they compete in the Juniors Open.

rista irabwa is one of the juniors set for the uniors pen at erena hoto by ichael subugaFrista Birabwa is one of the juniors set for the Juniors Open at Serena. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 

Top junior players like Abdu Kakeeto, Elton Thembo, Frista Birabwa, John Musimenta, Doreen Kirabo and Milly Nambooze among others are expected to feature prominently in the one-day event.

Other contestants expected include Ivan Nalima, Shaka Kariisa, Lawrence Nambale, Banza Matsiko, Pauline Kagoro and Danelle Kawalya among others.

The juniors open will be followed by the Uganda Ladies Open that starts with a practice round on Wednesday before the ladies ‘Silver Round’ sets the tournament in motion the following day.

Day-one action will be spiced up by a ‘nearest to the pin shoot-out’ in the evening, ahead of a mini prize ceremony at the 19th hole.

On Friday, the event will continue with silver and bronze rounds of the ladies competition before the longest drive competition and another mini prize ceremony at the 19th.

The ladies competition will wind up on Saturday with the third round of the silver competition and the bronze’s second round, with the men also playing an 18-hole round, in the subsidiary event of the competition.

The Uganda ladies will as usual face competition from top competitors from Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

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