Kampala. Team Uganda maintained third place however they will need a collective effort to urgently improve on the final day of the Africa Junior Golf Championships in Botswana today.
Tied in third with Zambia before tee-off at the par-72 Phakalane Golf Course in Gaborone, Uganda yesterday peeled away from the boys from Lusaka after returning a Day Three aggregate score of 223 gross to reach a total 672 overall.
Uganda’s experienced pair of Denis Asaba and Joel Basalaine scored one-under 71 and two-under 70 to inspire the nation’s charge for the two available slots to the Junior Golf World Cup due November in Japan.
Rookies Ibrahim Aliga and Micheal Alunga carded 82 and 83 respectively and Uganda is now five strokes overall behind second Morocco whose best trio tallied 219 gross for the day.
That is the gap that coach Stephen Kasaija’s team must close out if they are to join record defending champions South Africa to Japan.
“We are going to concentrate on the rookies to return a good third score,” team manager Oscar Semawere said ahead of the final round to be played today.

AFRICA JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPS
1. South Africa 596 gross
2. Morocco 666
3. Uganda 672
4. Zambia 674
5. Zimbabwe 693
6. Nigeria 714
7. Namibia 722
8. Egypt 727
9. Eswatini 739
10. Tanzania 752
11. Gabon 761
12. Mauritius 762
13. Botswana 790