TOP
  • Home
  • Sport
  • Tanzania's Eaton maintains lead despite poor 2nd round

Tanzania's Eaton maintains lead despite poor 2nd round

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 9th September 2017 05:12 AM

Despite putting up a poor show on day-two, the two time champion found herself on top

Aaaaaaabigjpg 703x422

Angel Eaton is still in the lead despite a second round of 9-over-par 81. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

The battle for the Tusker Malt Lager Uganda Ladies Open Championship is between Uganda and Tanzanian golfers as the tournament comes to a climax on Saturday at the Uganda Golf Club course.

It is not the best golf we were looking forward to, but going into the final round of the 54-hole competition, Tanzania’s Angel Eaton who led day one by a stroke is now joint top with fellow countryman Iddy Madina on 157 gross each after two rounds.

anzanias ddy adina reacts to her putt on hole 11 on day two hoto by ichael subugaTanzania's Iddy Madina reacts to her putt on hole 11 on day two. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

Despite putting up a poor show on day-two Eaton a two time champion found herself on top as the rest of the field and her rivals in the pressure group, also had a bad outing on the day. 

“My game was not very good today, I had some bad time on the course, I couldn’t putt and drive the ball very well today. But I’m hoping for the best tomorrow because my target was to win this competition but all the top players are playing well and it is challenging, but it is good to have such competition,” Eaton who is coming off to winning the three-in-one Coastal Open in Tanzania said.

rene akalembe is one stroke behind the leaders hoto by ichael subugaIrene Nakalembe is one stroke behind the leaders. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

Uganda’s charge is led by tournament favourite Irene Nakalembe who shares joint second place with the revelation of the tournament, Jinja Club’s Martha Babirye on 158 gross each, one stroke of the leaders.

Babirye (handicap 10) who is rubbing shoulders with the region’s best players for the first time hopes to control her nerves in the final round as she guns for her first major.

 

enyas gnes yakio tees off on day two hoto by ichael subugaKenya's Agnes Nyakio tees off on day two. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

“This is my first time to play in the pressure group with players of such calibre, so I was nervous and couldn’t putt well, but since I have had the experience, I will play my game because it is just one stroke separating us,” Babirye stated.

Other Ugandans Meron Kyomugisha, Eva Magala and Gloria Mbaguta are 7 and 8 strokes off the leaders respectively.

artha abiryes caddie lays strategies with her during day two at itante hoto by ichael subugaMartha Babirye's caddie lays strategies with her during day two at Kitante. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

Tanzania’s Hawa Wanyeche who returned 90 on day-one carded the best score of the day, a four-over par 76 to propel herself among the top ten. 

Day 2 Top 10

Iddy Madina (TZ) 77, 80 157

Angel Eaton (TZ) 76, 81 157

Irene Nakalembe (UG) 78, 80 158

Martha Babirye (UG) 77, 81 158

Agnes Nyakio (KE) 77, 82 159

Meron Kyomugisha (UG) 79, 85 164

Eva Magala (UG) 84, 81 165

Gloria Mbaguta (UG) 82, 83 165

Mercy Nyanchama (KE) 82, 83 165

Hawa Wanyeche (TZ) 90, 76 166

Related articles

More From The Author