Byamukama Bridge Kwijuka needed experience and composure to triumph in the men’s singles fairway competition during the 12th Coral Coating Woodball Open championship that climaxed on Sunday.
The vastly experienced Ndejje Corporate Woodball Club icon held nerves to snatch the crown from competition’s surprise package and a rookie Tumwine Edson in the final at Uganda Christian University in Mukono.
The 2019 World Cup participant Byamukama secured gold in the event of men’s singles after nine fairways, clinching his maiden championship in the senior’s category.
He deployed brilliance with the defining magical moment coming on fairway one, when his counterpart Tumwine got an OB from approximately five meters away from the gate as Byamukama got his in 7 meters.
The latter had the chance to load but opted to tap the ball edge closer to the gate as Tumwine got out of boundary for Byamukama to pounce on the advantage.
“He’s the only opponent that gave me hard time. The fact that he’s new to the sport and has that knowledge to cool down pressure, he’s a good player yet still young and the only advise I can offer to him is to keep working hard,” Byamukama stated.
“The only difference between me and him is that I’m more experienced than him depending on the time I have spent in the sport, my experience being on the 2019 world Cup and I’m glad that I’ve won and I think this is going to give me a platform to win more of this,” he added.
The victory was Byamukama’s first from as many competitions with the previous attempt coming in the Gulu edition where he finished 4th in the Stroke and fairway competitions.
Despite shocking established names in the competition on his maiden appearance in the seniors competition elevating from the Juniors, Tumwine felt unsatisfied and blamed his bad luck on fatigue.
“It was an average performance because not the results I expected despite reaching the finals…” Tumwine, a rookie from Entebbe Woodball Club, told ChimpReports.
“I defeated all my role models, I did a lot better than I expected but still considers it as average performance. My target depending on the people I was challenging was to reach the 5th place, but after I defeated half of them then I thought I can defeat all but lost the final because I got tired,” Air Force Secondary School’s Edson added.
The final domestic action on Uganda Woodball Federation’s 2021 calendar attracted hundreds of participants competing in the Men, Women and Mixed doubles Seniors among others.