Kagoro finishes third in Africa Junior Challenge in SA

By Michael Nsubuga

The nine-year-old, Daffodils Academy P.4 pupil now wishes government can support junior golf more.

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Uganda’s budding golfer Keisha Wiltishire Kagoro made a podium finish in her first international competition in the 2018 South Africa Kids Junior African Challenge 2018 at the San Lameer country club last week.

The premium international golfing event that was played from August 27-30 attracted more than 140 children from 52 countries. It is presented by the U.S. Kids Golf Tournament Players Association.

The nine-year-old, Daffodils Academy P.4 pupil now wishes government can support junior golf more and also wants parents to encourage and introduce more children to the game.

Her feat will also have her attend a children’s camp at St. Andrews Link’s (the Home of Golf) in Scotland.

Kagoro in action during the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort Junior tournament on August 11 2018 

 The Junior Africa Challenge 2018 is an individual stroke play competition played over three days, with the title of Junior Africa Challenge Champion awarded to the best girl and boy in each age group.

The top three players in each age group, received a trophy to honour their accomplishments and the top 2 best players of each group also earned Burgundy status, the highest level of priority status given by U.S. Kids Golf, which includes an invitation to the 2019 World or Teen World Championship, subject to scoring requirements as stipulated by US Kids Golf. However the top 3 automatically qualify to participate in another US Kids tour tournament.

According to Keisha’s mum Patsy Kiconco, the youngster is a humble and disciplined golfer who started the sport in 2015. She has local coach Becca Mwanja and Bryan Roelofoz (South Africa) a qualified PGA professional to thank for her performance but also picks inspiration from her dad Marvin Kagoro who is also a golfer.

She has participated in many junior golfing events including one held recently at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort where she emerged second.