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Uganda's golfer Kasozi looks to better Safari Tour position

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 10th February 2020 07:06 PM

Kasozi (165.5pts) is currently second to Zimbabwe’s Robinson Chinhoi who is on 169 points among the non-Kenyan golfers who are fighting for the two slots.

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Kasozi will be looking for better fortunes on his home course. (Credit: Michael Nsubuga)

Kasozi (165.5pts) is currently second to Zimbabwe’s Robinson Chinhoi who is on 169 points among the non-Kenyan golfers who are fighting for the two slots.

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Uganda professional golfer Phillip Kasozi gets an opportunity to strengthen his position on the Safari Tour, for a chance to play in the Magical Kenya Open, when he, alongside 51 others, competes in the Kitante Open teeing-off on Wednesday.


Kasozi (165.5pts) is currently second to Zimbabwe’s Robinson Chinhoi who is on 169 points among the non-Kenyan golfers who are fighting for the two slots.

The Kitante leg, which is ninth on the tour, offers a chance to Kasozi to finish in a decent position, in order for him to accumulate more points that could see him leapfrog the leader and also fend off his nearest challenger Nigeria’s Andrew Oche who is closely following in third position among the non-Kenyan nationals on 160 points.

The top two non-Kenyans from the tour will get entry into the Magical Kenya Open, while there are eight slots for the Kenyan nationals. Only members of the Safari Tour earn points

Zimbabwe’s Chinhoi who has only participated in four events of the tour, but leads is also in for the Kitante leg alongside Tongoona Charamba who will use this tournament to test the Kitante course ahead of the Uganda Open that will be hosted there.

  now is already assured of a ticket to the agical enya pen  ichael subuga Snow is already assured of a ticket to the Magical Kenya Open. (Credit: Michael Nsubuga)

 

The same can be said of Zambia’s Sydney Wemba and Nigeria’s Willy Gift who is also registered, with the rest of the field comprised of other Ugandan (18) and Kenyan (29) golfers.

The professionals, will before the competition pass on some of their tricks to amateurs in a golf clinic on Tuesday at the driving range.

They will hold introductory lessons and offer tips on the swing, bunker shots, and putting before they start their own four-round competition on Wednesday.

With three consecutive wins at Thika Greens, Muthaiga and at Sigona, Kenya’s Greg Snow now leads the tour standings on 350 points, 13 ahead of Dismas Indiza who has also won three of the nine competitions he has competed in and only missing the cut once.

The other Kenyans in contention are Simon Ngige, Erick Obura Ooko, Rizwan Charania, David Wakhu, Kopan Timbe, and C.J Wangai.

Uganda’s registered tour players; Silver Opio, Opio Onito Jr, Deo Akope, Brian Toolit, and Becca Mwanja will only be playing for pride and cash.

The Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa is a European Tour event with a prize fund of sh4b and attracts the top professionals from around the world.

Italy's Guido Migliozzi claimed last year’s title after shooting 268 gross over the four rounds. The 22-year-old pocketed €183,330 (sh600m).

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