The Ugandan President announced the resumption of sports events in the country after nearly 90 days of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a televised address, he declared that all open air sports activities are allowed to resume but without spectators in a bid to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. This also moves together with an ease on the transport systems, though still with a lot of limitations.
During the lockdown, Westnile golf club and its activities also got locked down but the recent ease came with blessings for the club to loosen up its activities.
High on agenda at the club is the preparation for the rescheduled Westnile Golf Open that was initially planned for 10th-12thth June 2021 and this has started with mowing of the course, clearance of bankers, rough and watering of the greens.
In an interview with www.westnilesports.com, the chairman of the golf club, William Gayo revealed that;
“Everything is basically set for the tournament and all that awaits tee off is the green light from Uganda Golf Union (UGU). This is because all national Opens are dictated upon by the Union and we cannot move on without consent from the regulatory authority”.
According to the prior plan, the Uganda Golf Union recognized Open had attracted participants from all over the country with a tentative budget of shillings ten (sh. 10,000,000) million only for the professionals and much more in terms of goodies like flat Screen Tvs, fridges, golf kits, trophies and many more to the amateurs.
Since the last time Westnile Golf hosted and won the Uganda Open Tour in 2019, nothing more tangible than that has taken place on the course in Arua as postponements have been consistent due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The club boasts of promising talent that are almost making it pro but due to the pandemic, amateurs like Boyi Yasin, Toko Moshi Abubakar, Alemiga Hussein, Siraji Onzima as well as Ismail Dalfodio who hold the least handicaps have not had time and space to express themselves on the course adequately in recent times.
It should also be remembered that Westnile Golf Club failed to host the Francis Ayume Memorial last year due to the same reason.
If all goes as planned, this year’s Westnile Open will still have sponsors such as Joadah Consults, BRAC Bank, Radio Pacis, JIMAD Media, Arua One fm, Nile fm, Capital One, K9 among others within their ranks.
Despite the pandemic reigning over all golf events in the last two (2) years, Westnile Golf Club has been the reigning champion of the Uganda Open Tour since 2019.