Golfers promised much before the tournament but were humbled by the Kitante course
You would think Phillip Ssebaale had sunk the winning putt as he holed-out at the 18th hole infront of a sizeable gallery after day one of the Tusker Malt Lager Uganda Open on Wednesday.
But he was only saving par after his second shot found way in the trees on the left of the fairway.
His third shot had just rested on the apron of the green where he putted for par.
In celebration the excited Ssebaale run towards the parking yard as the gallery cheered on before he returned to pick his ball and record his score.
His first round ended with a 16 over par-88, but that par must have fired him up for the second round just like the rest of the top contenders.
They promised much before the tournament but were humbled by the Kitante course, and came back with all sorts of excuses and promises going into the remaining rounds.
“Yesterday’s (Tuesday) rain softened the ground in a way I didn’t expect, so my balls were not moving (bouncing) the way I wanted them to,” Adolf Muhumuza, who is chasing his first open, said.
According to youngster David Kamulindwa, who is joint second on 74 gross, his game went according to plan and wants to maintain the same strategy in the second round.
“My target was to play below 76 which I achieved,” Kamulindwa, who got birdies on holes 1, 2 and 3, said.
Before the Open, US based Titus Okwong had promised to win the tournament out right but his first round suggested otherwise after a six-over-par-78.
“My putting was off today and I have to work on it early morning before the second round. I even got an OB (Out of Bounds) on No. 18. The game is still tight. When I saw from the live scoring that people who were first on the course were playing under, I decided to attack but it didn’t go well,” he said.
The short game matters a lot in golf but for Ronald Rugumayo the putting will come another day.
“I wasn’t putting at all. Can you imagine I got 8 bogeys; my driver also didn’t work out. The good thing it is the first day, so there is room for improvement,” Rugumayo noted.