In Summary

Kamulindwa, second after Day One on three-under, finished 13th overall on +20 whereas South African Filippi wrapped his gold medal on 12-under

Kampala.

Team Uganda missed out on bronze but returned home from the 19th All-Africa Junior Championships in Zimbabwe with heads still held a little high.

Coach Amos Kamya’s charges finished the four-day competition at the Royal Harare Club in fifth position on Friday.
A collective score of 235 on Day 4 totaled to a gross score of 930 at the par-72 course and that had the team from Kampala drop a position further as Morocco moved up to finish fourth with a three-stroke margin.

It meant Reunion Island sealed third place while top two in superb South Africa and Zimbabwe secured the two coveted tickets to the Junior Golf World Cup scheduled for Japan.

However, it was a vast improvement for Uganda who came from 12th out 16 in Tunisia last year to fifth out of 12. And Kamya and team manager Sam Kacungira only picked the positives from Uganda’s failure.

“The boys are now getting to know what it takes to play at this stage,” Kacungira told this paper while drawing comparison between Uganda’s best David Kamulindwa and overall best player Lucas Filippi.

Kamulindwa, second after Day One on three-under, finished 13th overall on +20 whereas South African Filippi wrapped his gold medal on 12-under.

Tooro club’s Kamulindwa, brother to Adolf Muhumuza, had degenerated from a Day One score of -3 to finish with +9 on Day Four. “The last two rounds were not as good as we expected,” Kamya admitted.

There will be a change in the team as Herman ‘Deco’ Mutebi turns 18 ahead of next year’s edition in Morocco.