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Kenya beats Uganda to grab the 2022 Victoria Cup at Limuru

[Team Kenya and officials after winning the 2022 Victoria cup at Limuru. Photo/Pwani images]

The current chilly and cold around Limuru in Kiambu County did not deter Team Kenya who fought all odds beating Uganda to win the 2022 Victoria Cup Golf tournament that ended at the par 72 Lumuru Country Golf Club course in Kiambu County over the weekend.

The ten-man team won 21-5 points against Uganda after the final day of three round five events to bag the trophy they first won in 2016 at Muthaiga during its inauguration and in 2017 at Entebbe in Uganda before losing it to Uganda in 2018 and 2019.

The team that was selected by Golf Union (KGU) had undergone a two weeks training in a camp at Limuru under Coach John van Liefland.

They included Adel Balala (Nyali), Andrew Wahome (Nyali), Christopher Andrea (Ruiru), Daniel Kiragu (Muthaiga), Dennis Maara (Limuru), Ebill Omollo (Vet Lab), John Lejirma (Railways), Michael Karanga (Kiambu), Njoroge Kibugu (Muthaiga) and Sammy Mulama (Golf Park).

Team Captain Denis Maara beat Uganda’s Michael Alunga1 up at the 18th hole while Country mate colleagues Michael Karanga also won 1 up against Uganda’s Joseph Cwinyaai-1 and Daniel Kiragu also beat Uganda’s Abbey Bagalana 1 up on the same hole.

Other Kenyans who won their matches include John Lejirma beating Uganda’s Dennis Asaba 3-1 at the 17th hole and Ebill Omollo got 4-2 against Uganda’s Andrew Ssekibejja.

Also, Sammy Mulama had an edge over Uganda’s Philip Kasozi with a 6-4 win on hole 14th and Njoroge Kibugu won his match against Uganda’s Tom Jingo 5-4 also on the 14th hole.

Country mates Andrea Christopher lost on the 15th hole 3-4 to Uganda’s Ronald Mugisha and Adel Balala was beaten 1-2 at the 17th hole by Uganda’s Godfrey Nsubuga

Kenya Junior Andrew Wahome also lost 4-5 at the 14th hole against Uganda’s Reagan Akena at 14th hole.

Team Kenya displayed their superiority dominance from round one on day one on Friday to the final round five yesterday on day three of the tournament.

The event organized by Kenya Golf Union and Uganda Golf Union was played under the format of foursomes in the mornings with four balls better ball in the afternoon and singles played on the last final day alongside the Subsidiary event on Texas Scramble format with invited players.

Uganda team under their Lady Professional Coach Flavia Namakula included Captain Joseph Cwinyaai, Godfrey Nsubuga, Andrew Ssekibejja, Ibrahim Bagalana, Dennis Asaba, Tom Jingo, Joseph Kasozi, Ronald Mugisha, Michael Alunga and Joseph Reagan Akena.

The two nation’s brotherly sporting event that moves to Uganda next year is equivalent to Elgon Cup in Rugby and CAC FIM Africa Championship in Motocross which is played in the Ryder Cup format.

It has grown over the years, placing it on the calendar for well-sought golf events where each Country is being represented by a team of 10 players.

Victoria Cup tournament trophy which was donated by legendary Marathoner Moses Tanui in Kenya and Uganda who are renewing its king of the course superiority rivalry.

This is after the recently concluded Zone IV Golf Championship held at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa course in Kigo, Uganda.

Kenya won the zone IV championship for the first time since Uganda’s back-to-back victories in 2018 at Vet Lab in Kenya and in 2019 at Bujumbura.

KGU Chairman Njani Nderitu said the Union was happy that the event ended smoothly while thanking Absa Bank for kitting team Kenya and looks forward to more and better partnerships in Future.

Kenya Golf Union (KGU) formed in 1928, is Kenya’s oldest continuous sports body and is affiliated with the Ministry of Sports & Culture, the Royal & Ancient and also the International Golf Federation as the representative body of the golfing sport in Kenya.

It is a union of 38 golf clubs and 2 golfing societies in Kenya and is responsible for managing and regulating the sport in Kenya;

Kenya-Andrea Christopher vs Uganda-Ronald Migisha-3-4 (15);
Kenya-Adel Balala vs Uganda-Godfrey Nsubuga-1-2 (17);
Kenya-Michael Karanga vs Joseph Cwinyaai-1 up (18);
Kenya-Njoroge Kibugu vs Uganda-Tom Jingo -5-4 (14);
Kenya-Kiragu vs Uganda-Abbey Bagalana-1 up (18);
Kenya-John Lejirma vs Uganda-Dennis Asaba -3-1 (17);
Kenya-Denis Maara vs Uganda-Michael Alunga-1 up (18)
Kenya-Sammy Mulama vs Uganda-Philip Kasozi-6-4 (14);
Kenya-Ebill Omollo vs Uganda Andrew Ssekibejja-4-2 (16);
Kenya-Andrew Wahome vs Reagan Akena-4-5 (14)