Uganda’s professional golfers attend certification course

By Michael Nsubuga

The level one course is based on the long term athletic development program

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Uganda Professional golfers are attending a two-day PGA trainer's course at the Uganda Golf Club aimed at helping them acquire certification.

South Africa's PGA coach Mpho Kileloswang from Botswana, is conducting the Level 1 coaching course that started on Monday, aimed at equipping the professionals with the right techniques to use as they train others.

"I'm purposely here to access the Uganda Golf Union development structures; after I have to write to the R&A and give them a report, to form a basis on what the country needs exactly in golf development generally," Kileloswang said.

"I'm also here to develop coaches; one of the objectives of RA is to develop the sport and there is no way the game can be developed without coaches, so the participants will from here roll out what they are learning to their junior programs at their respective clubs,"

He said the level one course is based on the long term athletic development program; which is a system that was started by Istvan Balyi based on the development of the player.

He has already met golf club officials and different golf stake holders and will also talk to the Uganda Tourism Board and NCS and look at the framework and access where they fit golf as a sport.

"We are trying to help our professional to acquire certification because most of them just turned pro from the amateur ranks, so we want them to compete favourably with other young golfers who are now going to golf schools and will come out with similar qualifications," UGU president Omolo said.