Michael Ochieng’s net score of 74 is good enough to help him win the overall net prize.
Jinja Golf Club’s Ismail Muhamood returned 75 gross to win the Mbale Open as golf action returned to Mbale after 22 years of inactivity.
Michael Ochieng’s net score of 74 was also good enough to help him win the overall net prize in the one-day tournament at the par 72 course.
Veteran golfer George Magombe (80nett) beat Francis Ssuna to the top trophy on count-back, just like Ssuna did to Joseph Mawejje, who finished third in the group.
James Okoboi, David Ojambo and Bulasio Wadada were the top performers in Group B while David Odeke, Godwin Khisa and Charles Kabunga were the best in Group C in the tournament that attracted eight golfers from Kenya’s Kakamega Golf Club.
The rest were from Jinja, Entebbe and Kinyara.
Beatrice Bisonga and Lydia Oketch were the top actors in the ladies category.
“We are glad the course has officially been reopened and land grabbers have been put on notice that the land is a golf course and not available for private developers,” said Uganda Golf Union (UGU) president Johnson Omolo.
“More work is needed to rebuild the reclaimed land bordering three fairways into proper fairways.”
Former UGU president John Kisembo, who was the guest of honour, appealed to Mbale Golf Club members to remain united and carry on the redevelopment of the course.
Over sh4m was pledged by the golfers towards the continued refurbishment of the course.
Gross: Ismail Muhamood 75
Nett: Michael Ochieng 74
George Magombe 80c/b nett
Francis Ssuuna 80c/b
Joseph Mawejje 80
James Okoboi 74c/b
David Ojambo 74
Bulasio Wadada 75
David Odeke 81
Godwin Khisa 82
Charles Kabunga 83
Beatrice Bisonga 80nett
Lydia Oketch 82