Mijas, Spain | PHILLIP CORRY | Uganda finished 23rd out of 44 countries on their debut at the International Pairs World Golf Finals held in Spain from November 14-18 at the La Cala Hotel and Golf Resort. This year’s event, the 24th edition, was the largest World Finals in the history of International Pairs.
Uganda’s Brian Kagezi and Bernadette Musanabera finished with scores of 2 under par 74 better-ball stableford points over 36 holes at the 6000 meters challenging championships course with its hills, valleys and raised greens. The small raised greens demand more precise club selection to hit the mark.
“It was a good experience for the players in their first major international golf tournament. It was a different environment, different people and different culture. The experience was memorable,” said Paul Baite, in an interview at the Uganda Golf Club after the Ugandan team returned home.
Baite, who played in the Ryder Cup Experience under Eddie Polland’s team, was a winner with his team a returning a score of 10 over par 134 points over 2 days.
The Ryder Cup experience is a special new division at the World Final for sponsors, and country representatives. It is also open to other players from around the world to enter directly into this unique golfing experience past Ryder Cup players.
This year’s Ryder Cup experience attracted past Ryder Cup players, including Eddie Polland (Northern Ireland), Manuel Pinero (Spain), Ronan Rafferty (Northern Ireland) and Constantino Rocca (Italy) who shared their Ryder Cup experience with amateur players pooled in four groups.
Uganda’s participation at the world finals was made possible with the support of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, IVX SportsWorks, Bosque Creations, and Premier World Tours and Travel.
The Dominican Republic, South Africa and Namibia tied for the top of the World Championships leaderboard and were closely followed by Zimbabwe and Portugal. Namibia and South Africa dominated the Women’s Division.