By Samuel Opio
The entire golfing family is in shock following the sudden death of a national team player, Yusuf Sentongo.
Ssentongo, a handicap 3 golfer died instantly on Tuesday when an elf truck rammed into the boda-boda that the deceased was riding on his way from Namulonge to Uganda Golf Club, Kampala for national team duties.
Uganda national golf captain Becca Mwanja narrated the ordeal as quoted by Daily Monitor;
He was on a Boda Boda coming to report for national team camp in Kampala ahead of the Zone V Trials.
Ssentongo was on his way from Namulonge and the accident happened around Gayaza.
Un identified taxi driver overtook the Boda Boda bike and stopped suddenly in the middle of the road to pick an extra passenger.
The sudden break was the cause of the accident because the unidentified Elf Truck carrying sand that was right behind them rammed into the bike and killed both Ssentongo and the rider.
It also damaged part of the taxi’s behind. This is very sad.
The late Namulonge-bred golfer had only made his first cut among the finest 20 golfers in the country this year. He was supposed to be part of the trials to pick first the last eight and then final four that will represent Uganda in the Zone 5 Tournament at the Chapman Golf Club in Harare, Zimbabwe from April 8-13. Uganda Golf Union (UGU) president Innocent Kihika passed on a quick condolence message and forthwith called off the National Trials.
“Ssentongo will be dearly missed by the golf fraternity. We have called off the camp and will ensure that the rest of the 19 guys attend burial.
“We shall also help the family with the burial arrangements and anything else we can. May his soul Rest in Peace,” said Kihika.
Yusuf Ssentongo (right) receives his prize as group A winner at the Singleton challenge in Entebbe (Uganda Golf Times)
Only two weeks ago, Ssentongo, a handicap three golfer at the time of his demise, made it to the podium as a winner in the men’s subsidiary category with 38 points at the Singleton Match Play Golf Challenge in Entebbe on March 10.Burial is scheduled for today, as per the Islamic faith.