By Douglas Mazune
TANZANIA’S golf icon Angel Eaton who was ill during the Tanzania Ladies Open in Arusha a fortnight ago has recovered in time to defend her Uganda Open title this week.
Eaton got in touch with her main title challenger Flavia Namakula and confirmed she was on her way to Entebbe Golf Club where the 54 holes tournament will tee off on Thursday.
“Angel is coming today. I am practicing in Entebbe although a caddie broke my putter. I don’t know how soon I will get a new putter. My game is good and I hope for the best,” Namakula told New Vision Sport.
Last year Eaton was in awesome form in the Uganda Open in Kampala, winning convincingly as the rest of the chasing pack was relegated to fighting for second position.
Eaton Angel celebrates winning the 2012 edition. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
The Tanzanian will this time defend her title on a more challenging and unfamiliar Entebbe course. Her anticipated early arrival could enable her adjust to the course by doing at least practice rounds.
Wider scope of contenders
While Namakula and Eaton are expected to be in spotlight the scope of genuine title contenders is broader.
Tanzanian Madina Idd who won the Entebbe Ladies Open early this year, Entebbe’s Irene Nakalembe and Uganda Golf Club’s Eva Magala and Jasper Kamukama are firm contenders too.
The three-day tournament ends on Saturday will see new Uganda Ladies Golf Union (ULGU) president Esther Okullo, who was elected last week, preside over her first a prize-giving ceremony.