PETER Rukindo on Sunday won the Mbarara golf Open, his first union title three years since he took up the game.
The champion from Fort Portalâ€™s Toro Club, carded 132 nett after two rounds of a consistent display on the par-70 course.
Rukindo, playing off handicap 14, posted 67 on Saturday and went better with 65 on Sunday.
â€œIt is such a great feeling to win especially away from my home course and just three years after I started playing the game,â€ Rukindo said.
But the winner had to contend with the dry and fast greens, a condition caused by long spells of sweltering temperatures.
â€œI had a problem with the greens, more so on the first day but I am lucky this did not ruin my game strategy,â€ Rukindo said.
Rukindoâ€™s display on the second 18 holes was enriched by four birdies, the last on the par-3 18th green.
Day one leader Godfrey Light, who brought 64, faded on the final day when he played 80.
Light came under investigation after taking the lead for playing under a wrong handicap.
A disputes committee later re-adjusted his handicap to 23 and score to 69.
Entebbe player Rita Kahuju took the ladies title at 153 ahead of Joan Kyatuka of Mbarara at 161 and Kampalaâ€™s Ruth Okwele at 169.
Overall winner-P. Rukindo 132 nett;
Group A (h/c 0-9)- P. Byamugisha 141, B. Sunday 147, S. Kasaija 149;
Group B (h/c 10-18)- W. Kanyamatonwa 136, G. Muhwezi 142, G. Maniraguha 143;
Group C (h/c 19-28)- P. Ogwal 138, M. Zameer 142, K. Mugarura 144.
R. Kahuju 153, J. Kyatuka 161, R. Okwele 169.
Rukindo wins Mbarara Open