By Brian Bariyo Tumuramye
The 2019 East and Central All Africa Challenge Trophy (ECAACT) Golf Tournament shall be hosted by the Uganda Ladies Golf Union (ULGU) at the Par 71 Entebbe Golf Club.
The lake side golfing facility will host the tournament that tees off on Tuesday October 22 to October 26, having been officially launched at the Isuzu MU-X East Africa offices in Kampala this week.
Four countries including the host Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia will take part in the 2019 East and Central All Africa Challenge Trophy (ECAACT) Golf Tournament at the Par 71 Entebbe Golf Club and our budget is Shs150M and about half of that is covered.
Newly crowned Uganda Ladies Golf Open champion Martha Babirye, on form Peace Kabasweke (fresh from the Tanzania Ladies Open victory), Gloria Mbaguta and skipper Irene Nakalembe will make up Team Uganda.
The tournament has received a USD7,000 boost from Isuzu Uganda, the same company that was aboard during the Uganda Open.
“We are excited to be part of this tournament we hope our support will help the team yield good results,” a statement from Isuzu reads in part.
GK Sport Agency has also pledged to take care of the team’s training according to proprietor Gibby Kalule, “We promise support to the team even after this,” Kalule said.
R&A is the The ECAACT was started in 2009 by Hon. Monica Ntege, the current AACT (All Africa Challenge Trophy) President, when she was the trustee for the region then. The event’s main sponsor and will take charge of the teams’ accommodation.
Uganda is yet to win the tournament and will be banking on home advantage this time round. The tournament is held after every two years with Zambia and Tanzania having won two titles apiece although the 2017 event was not held.
The teams will engage in a 54-hole stroke play championship that will spell over 3 days of 18 holes each and the best 3 gross scores each round count for each country’s score.
The country with the lowest gross score over the three rounds is declared the winner of the team event; there is an individual trophy as well, which is awarded to the player with the lowest gross score over the three rounds.