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Safari Tour: Uganda professionals make slow start

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 2nd September 2019 07:02 PM

Out of the five Ugandans who competed in Mombasa, only Opio Onito made the cut and returned home with sh405,643/-.

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Opio Onito in action during the Uganda Open at Entebbe Golf Club course. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

Out of the five Ugandans who competed in Mombasa, only Opio Onito made the cut and returned home with sh405,643/-.

 
Uganda professional golfers did not get the perfect warm-up they had anticipated as the Nyali Golf and Country Club leg of the Safari Tour Golf Series kicked off this year’s Safari Tour competitions.
 
Out of the five Ugandans who competed in Mombasa, only Opio Onito made the cut and returned home with sh405,643/-.
 
Other pros; Abbey Bagalana, Brian Toolit, Phillip Kasozi, and Denis Anguyo did not make any money from the tour and will now hope to make amends together with the rest of the Ugandans in the next Safari Tour event in Uganda at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa, September, 10 to 14.
 
In conjunction with the Magical Kenya Open and the Kenya Golf Union, this year’s Uganda Open will be part of the Safari Tour. The professionals from the region and from all over Africa will get qualifying points to participate in the Magical Kenya Open. The highest-ranking pro for the tour will earn 100 points from the Uganda Open. There is an equivalent of $50,000 (sh185m) prize money for the professionals.
 
The Entebbe and Kitante Open that will be held on October 29-November 2 and on February 12-15 next year in Entebbe and Kampala respectively will also be part of the Safari Tour.
 
Muthaiga Golf Club's pro golfer, Greg Snow, carded an overall score of 3-over par 287 over 72 holes to emerge winner of the first event of the 2019/2020 calendar.
The Nyali leg was the first in a series of 12 tournaments that will constitute the 2019/20 Safari Tour, that will see golfers play in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, culminating with the 2020 Magical Kenya Open set to be hosted at the Karen Country Club from March 12-15 2020.
 
After the Uganda Open, action will move to the Royal Golf Club Nairobi from October 12-16, before returning to Uganda, this time at the Entebbe Golf Club from October 30-November 2. The series will then head to Rwanda, at the Kigali Golf Club from November 6-9, after which it will make stops at the Great Rift Valley and Muthaiga Golf Clubs before breaking for Christmas on December 18.

 

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