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MENA, Sunshine Tour pros back for Uganda Open

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 30th August 2016 02:26 PM

This year’s open also offers a chance to a number of rookies

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(L-R) Sheraton Hotel’s David Ssekitoleko, UGC treasurer Paul Baite, UGU president Johnson Omolo and Sheraton Hotel general manager Jean-Phillipe Bittencourt after the official tee-off of the pros open at Kitante on Tuesday. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

This year’s open also offers a chance to a number of rookies

The Tusker Malt Lager Uganda Open continues to attract big names as the tournament continues to grow every passing year.

This year’s professionals’ event is no exception having attracted big names from the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) and the Sunshine tours.

heraton otel general manager eanhillipe ittencourt teesoff hoto by ichael subuga Sheraton Hotel general manager Jean-Phillipe Bittencourt tees-off. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 

Leading golfers from North Africa in Nigeria’s Sunday Olapade and Gift Willy as well as Mike Ubi are in to challenge the rest that include Ghana’s Vincent Togah, David Doe, John Mawuli and Anthony Gbenyor.

That Sunshine tour players; South Africa’s Joshua Seale, Kenya’s Stefan Andersen and defending champion Zambia’s Madalisto Muthiya are also in the running, makes an interesting field that also have regular campaigners, like four-time winner Dismas Indiza, also from Kenya.

Justus Madoya, Nelson Mudanyi, Paul Thuo, Nelson Simwa, David Odhiambo, Simeon Ngige, James Lorum, Kopan Timbe, Richard Ainley, Nicholas Rokoine, Jacob Okello and Thethy Cheran are all too familiar with the Kitante course just like the rest of the Kenyan filed who have tested the course for more than one time.

igerias ift illy is back for another go at the ganda pen hoto by ichael subuga Nigeria's Gift Willy is back for another go at the Uganda Open. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 

This year’s open also offers a chance to a number of rookies; Gideon Kagyenzi, Ronnie Bukenya, Abbey Bagalana, Gerald Kabuye, Henry Lujja, Happy Robert, Lawrence Muhenda, Hussein Bagalana and Robert Oluba, from Uganda to cash in one of their biggest pay cheques if the make the cut in descent positions.

Uganda’s Herman Mutaawe, Phillip Kasozi, Vincent Byamukama, Willy Kitata, Saidi Mawa, Fred Wanzala, Godfrey Mande, Opio Onito and Brian Toolit are the only ones who had a share of the sh100m last year and will also be playing for the top positions where the big money is.

 ussein agalana is making his debut as a pro in the ganda pen hoto by ichael subuga Hussein Bagalana is making his debut as a pro in the Uganda Open. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 

But first is sh5m up for grabs today, for the top five professionals who will return the best scores in the one-day pro-am tournament ahead of official tee-off on Wednesday.

The tournament was officially teed-off by Sheraton Hotel General Manager Jean-Phillipe Bittencourt in the company of UGU president Johnson Omolo, UGC treasurer Paul Baite and Sheraton Hotel’s David Ssekitoleko as the foreign professionals tested the course.

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