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Tanzania's Eaton bags third Uganda Ladies Golf Open

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 9th September 2017 09:08 PM

She added to her 2012 and 2013 titles

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Uganda Ladies Open champion Angel Eaton (3rd L) receives her trophy from ULGU president Maxi Byenkya (L) and UBL managing director Mark Ocitti Ongom. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

Tanzania Lugalo Golf Club’s Angel Eaton returned 235 gross over 54 holes to win the Uganda Ladies Open title at Kitante on Saturday.

Eaton said this was one of the hardest competitions she has won over the years and thanked God for the victory.

ngel aton in action during day 3 of the pen at itante hoto by ichael subugaAngel Eaton in action during day 3 of the Open at Kitante. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
rene akalembe finished 2nd behind aton hoto by ichael subugaIrene Nakalembe finished 2nd behind Eaton. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

“To be honest the course was tough for me, I couldn’t putt, and the greens were a bit faster for me. I have been off the course for two years and only returned in February and I’m happy I’m doing well. The competition was tough and I would like to thank my caddie for being there for me throughout,” Eaton said.

It was not the best golf out there but Eaton who consequently won her third Uganda Ladies Open title adding to her 2012 and 2013 titles, seemed to have more luck than the chasing pack.

Whenever she struggled, the likes of Nakalembe, Babirye Martha and Iddy Madina who gave it their best push also fumbled with their shots.

 he top five golfers rene akalembe ngel aton eron yomugisha gnes yakio and ddy adina pose with their prizes hoto by ichael subuga(L-R) The top five golfers; Irene Nakalembe, Angel Eaton, Meron Kyomugisha, Agnes Nyakio and Iddy Madina pose with their prizes. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 igerian ladies handle over a plaque to  captain oseph agabo hoto by ichael subugaNigerian ladies handle over a plaque to UGC captain Joseph Bagabo. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

“My scores were not impressive because the greens were a bit faster for me compared to the ones at home but I thank God I managed to play well. My driver and short game were okay. I had a bit of pressure after the first nine because Madina, Nakalembe and Babirye were playing well but I kept calm and finally got it,” Eaton said

But runner up Irene Nakalembe is not about to give up on winning the Uganda Ladies Open after failing to win it and coming second for the second time in a row.

“I didn’t have a good start and I was on and off but I later stabilised until on hole-No.15 where I got a double bogey with Eaton getting par. We all seemed to be struggling and I could have come first, but finished second; I guess it was not meant to be mine,” Nakalembe said.

yenkya presents prizes to gandas race abonero the gross winner nett category  hoto by ichael subugaByenkya presents prizes to Uganda's Grace Kabonero the gross winner (nett category) . Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 s race amutebi  presents the nett winners trophy to gandas artha abirye during the prize ceremony hoto by ichael subugaUBL's Grace Namutebi (L) presents the nett winners' trophy to Uganda's Martha Babirye during the prize ceremony. Photo by Michael Nsubuga 

“I gave it my best even on the last hole I was still fighting for it. Going forward I will keep practicing and training until I win the open. I’m not just going to give up just like that,” Nakalembe stated.

Tanzania’s Iddy Madina and Kenya’s Agnes Nyakio finished third and fourth respectively, three and four strokes off, with another Ugandan Meron Kyomugisha’s 78 on day three propelling her to fifth place.

This should have been Hawa Wanyeche’s tournament to win but for her opening 18 strokes over par-90. In the second and last rounds she returned the best scores (76&77) than anyone else to finish even ahead of Uganda’s Martha Babirye who was trailing the top players by just a stroke going into the final round.

Babirye eventually settled for seventh place, blaming her inexperience for her final round slump.

yenkya presents prizes to imbabwes rivillege hilumbira the silver category nett winner hoto by ichael subugaByenkya presents prizes to Zimbabwe's Privillege Chilumbira the silver category nett winner. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 

“I’m only three years in the sport and I achieved what I wanted-playing in the pressure group and I’m happy with my performance. I for example had room four double bogeys which those players didn’t have so I have picked valuable lessons,” Babirye noted.

Uganda Breweries Managing Director Mark Ocitti and Minister of State for Works Monica Ntege presided over the prize ceremony at the colorful ‘19th hole’ where the Nigerian delegation presented tokens of appreciation to their hosts.  

Final Standing (Top 10)

Angel Eaton (TZ)               76, 81, 78 235

Irene Nakalembe (UG)       78, 80, 79 237

Iddy Madina (TZ)               77, 80, 81 238

Agnes Nyakio (KE)            77, 82, 80 239

Meron Kyomugisha (UG)   79, 85, 78 242

Hawa Wanyeche (TZ)         90, 76, 77 243

Martha Babirye (UG)          77, 81, 85 243

Eva Magala (UG)                84, 81, 81 245

Gloria Mbaguta (UG)          82, 83, 80 245

Mercy Nyanchama (KE)     82, 83, 85 250 

Subsdiary results

Gross winner ladies:

Grace Kabonero 188

Nett winner

Na Miae 145

Dorren Mwesigye 146c/b

Rebecca Muwanguzi 146

Seniors over 55 years

Esther Okullo 224

Bronze winner

Ruth Ssali 154

Guest winners

Privillege Chilumbira (ZIM) 219

Silver win

William Tayana (TZ) 160

Gross winners

Day one - Esther Chumo (KEN) 80

Day two – Hawa Wannyeche (TZ) 76

Day three – Mwongeli Nzioka (KE) 81

Nett Winners

Day one – Maureen Nanyonga 69

Day two - Mi Jung Kim 68 

Subsidiary Men results

Group A

Nick Snyman 74nett

Stephen Kasaija 75

Tony Kisadha 75

Group B

Paul Baite 68c/b

Collins Odere 68

Patrick Kagurusi 71

Group C

John Mwangi 72c/b

Alex Mutto 72

Fred Kimbugwe 73 

Longest drive (Silver category)

Hawa Wanyeche

Longest drive (Bronze category)

Wendy Angudeyo

Putting Challenge

Winner: Ayne Magombe

R/up: Agnes Nyakio

Nearest to the pin

Winner: Peace Kabasweka

R/up: Ekwueme Ekanem (NIG)

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