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Coutinho wins UCAA Seniors Golf Open

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 2nd December 2019 06:54 PM

Coutinho will as a result of his performance fly to Mombasa courtesy of Uganda Airlines who were co-sponsors.

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Jackson Karyarugookwe chips from a bunker during the UCAA Seniors Golf Open at Kitante, December 1 2019. Photos by Michael Nsubuga

Coutinho will as a result of his performance fly to Mombasa courtesy of Uganda Airlines who were co-sponsors.

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Alex Coutinho shot 146nett over 36 holes to win the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) Seniors Golf Open tournament at Kitante on Sunday.

Playing off handicap 8 in the Bronze Category (55-64 years), Coutinho edged his closest challengers Mark Ntege and John Waigo by four strokes to win another major in his 35-year career.

“I’m very happy to win the seniors tournament for the very first time. I have been preparing for the past three months, putting up my muscle strength, playing with the professionals to prepare, but even then there was a lot of competition,” Coutinho said.

 eniors golf open champion lex outhino right receives the winners trophy from eniors chairman ark tege left as   oard ember live umonya and  irector eneral rof avid panga look on after the eniors pen tournament at itante ec 1 2019 Seniors golf open champion Alex Couthino (right) receives the winners' trophy from Seniors' chairman Mark Ntege (left) as UCAA Board Member Olive Lumonya and UCAA Director General Prof. David Mpanga look on after the Seniors Open tournament at Kitante, Dec 1, 2019.

 


“I want to thank my fellow seniors for turning up pushing everyone but in the end, I’m glad I won. You know, golf is a mixture of skill and luck and I had a lot of good luck today to win this trophy.

“I had a very good caddie Pius Kakuru with whom we worked very well. But I double-bogeyed the par 5’s on the front-nine so I had to recover. I was six-over after four holes and then I got nine-straight pars after that,” Coutinho, who also produced the longest drive noted before he was crowned by UCAA Director General Professor David Mpanga.

Coutinho will as a result of his performance fly to Mombasa courtesy of Uganda Airlines who were co-sponsors. Ernest Rukundo who won the men’s subsidiary event will also enjoy the same privilege.

Ntege, Waigo and Sam Byagagaire topped the gold, silver and bronze categories while Onyango Matata produced the best gross score of 166 over the two days of action.

 amily ffair inister onica tege was delighted her better half ark tege 2nd right won the old ategory Family Affair: Minister Monica Ntege was delighted her better half Mark Ntege (2nd right), won the Gold Category.

 


Grace Kabonero won the ladies' version of the seniors’ tournament where Gertrude Acato was the gross winner on top of the nearest and longest drives.

Minister of Works Monica Ntege presided over the awards and urged more women to join the seniors’ competition.

UCAA seniors golf open results

Overall winner

Alex Coutinho 146nett

Gross winner

Onyango Matata 166

Gold category

Mark Ntege 150nett

Chris Mutegyeki 152

Sam Zaramba 154

 inister onica tege awards gross winner nyango atata Minister Monica Ntege awards gross winner Onyango Matata.

 


Silver category

John Waigo 150

Jackson Karyarugookwe 157

Denis Tindyeebwa 158

Bronze Category

Sam Byagagaire 146

Frank Mugambagye 152c/b

Fred Kasumba 152

First-18 winner

Gier Chuang 73nett

Second-18 winner

David Musisi 73

 enior lady race abonero left picks his awards from  president nnocent ihika Senior lady Grace Kabonero (left) picks his awards from UGU president Innocent Kihika.

 


Longest drive

Alex Coutinho

Nearest to the pin

Jamil Maningi

Senior Ladies

Overall winner

Grace Kabonero 162nett

Jovia Otim 162

Ruth Ssali 163

Gross winner

Grace Acato 195

Longest drive

Gertrude Acato 195

Nearest to the pin

Gertrude Acato

 outhino left was a double winner taking the longest drive prize as well Couthino (left) was a double winner taking the longest drive prize as well.

 


First 18-winner

Connie Mukuru 83

Second 18-winner

Shamim Juma 80

Subsidiary results

Group A

Ernest Rukundo 141

Rodell Gaita 143

Rajab Piwang 144

Group B

Andrew Opio 144

Edward Okech 146

Kim Jeong 147

Group C

Mark Namanya 146

Mark Nahabwe 155

Tushar Mashru 159

Ladies Group A

Katy Kabenge 146

Caroline Namutebi 148

Anne Abeja 155

Group B

Rhoda Kimera 166

Victoria Ngabire 170

Olivia Musisi 170

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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