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Kenyan golfers hunt for more Uganda Open cash

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 29th August 2016 04:02 PM

The nine Ugandans who made the cut shared a paltry sh9m

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2013 winner Vincent Byamukama made the cut last year and is among the top contenders. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

The nine Ugandans who made the cut shared a paltry sh9m

Despite not producing the overall winner in last year's Tusker Malt Lager Uganda Open, Kenyan professional golfers walked away with the biggest chunk of the sh100m prize money after the event at Kitante.

appy obert is looking towards his biggest pay cheque since turning pro last year hoto by ichael subuga Happy Robert is looking towards his biggest pay cheque since turning pro last year. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 

The 19 Kenyans who made the cut took home over sh60m and are back in numbers, to take more cash from the rest of the field. They are all part of the pro-am that tees off today ahead of the official practice round tomorrow and ahead of the first round on Wednesday.

Jacob Okello coming off winning the Tanzanian Open and Sunshine Tour player Stefan Andersen Engell is among 35 Kenyan entries that are expected to make the cut in the top positions for more of the cash; even this year.

Zambias Madalisto Muthiya walked away with the top prize of sh23m, but regular and four-time Ugandan Open winner Dismas Indiza led the Kenyan onslaught finishing third and picking a cheque of sh8m.

ourtime ganda pen winner ndiza is back to hunt for more cash hoto by ichael subuga Four-time Uganda Open winner Indiza is back to hunt for more cash. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 

Riz Charania and Richard Ainley who tied in fourth, Stefan Engell (6th), James Karanja and Brian Njoroge who tied 7th took home a combined sh23m.

The nine Ugandans who made the cut led by Herman Mutaawe shared a paltry sh9m with Mutaawe getting the biggest share of sh2.7m.

Phillip Kasozi, Vicent Byamukama, Willy Kitata, Saidi Mawa, Fred Wanzala, Godfrey Mande, Opio Onito and Brian Toolit shared the rest with then amateur golfer Happy Robert also making the cut and consequently turning pro, a feat that will have him competing for the big money for the first time.

"I hope to do the same; play well and make the cut. My target is at worst to play74 in each of the first two rounds," Robert who made the cut in 25th position said.

utaawe chips last year enroute to finishing the best placed gandan in 7th place hoto by ichael subuga Mutaawe chips last year en-route to finishing the best placed Ugandan in 7th place. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 

The top ten amateurs who finished behind Otile will once again have a chance to play in the professionals open for a chance of joining the paid ranks.

They include Henry Ssali, Herman Mutebi, Solomon Kego, Yusuf Ssentongo, Ronald Rugumayo, Joel Basalaine, Edrine Okong, Joseph Cwinya-ai, John Basabose and Adolf Muhumuza.

Past professional winners

2006: Deo Akope (UG)

2007: Dismas Indiza (KE)

2008: Dismas Indiza (KE)

2009: Richard Ainley (KE)

2010: J.B Hakizimana (RW)

2011: Dismas Indiza (KE)

2012: Dismas Indiza (KE)

2013: Vincent Byamukama (UG)

2014: Deo Akope (UG)

2015: Madalsito Muthiya (ZAM)

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