Kampala- The consistent growth of events on the Uganda Golf Union (UGU) calendar is one easy thing to accept.
However, most of those new activities are often of familiar structure. Something new and exciting is up this year.
Uganda Golf Club (UGC) and Entebbe Golf Club (EGC) have set-off the tone for local inter-club competitions with a new two-legged Club Championship.
“We’ve been discussing it about (having inter-club tournaments),” UGC vice-captain Faiz Alam said at the event launch in Kitante yesterday. “There are many clubs in the country but we never play against each other.
“But this is a fantastic tradition that we are starting. Entebbe and UGC have a combined age of 220 years and we are grateful for our forefathers for keeping this history.” Alam added.
For Entebbe, this match-play contest is not new to them though. The lakeside club has had similar contests with Kigali Golf Club over the past half-a-decade.
With such foresight, EGC will host the first leg sponsored by Britam Insurance at their par-71 course tomorrow with UGC set to host the return leg on April 8.
“This is not only about the two clubs alone,” EGC vice-chairman Oscar Semawere told this paper. “We are trying to develop golf through strengthening the bond between the two biggest clubs in Uganda.”
Each side is expected to field 80 players apiece and in 40 pairs, they will compete in a four-ball-better-ball format with pairing of similar handicaps relaxed a bit.
“We realised Entebbe has more players in the lower handicaps while UGC has more in higher handicaps. So they will be paired for matches using the 90 percent handicap difference as we want them to have as much fun as possible.” added Semawere, one of the key tournament architects.