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By Vision Reporter

Added 7th March 2006 03:00 AM

AFRICAN Alliance Uganda has offered prizes to be competed for in the Women’s Day Golf tournament at the par-72 Kitante course.

AFRICAN Alliance Uganda has offered prizes to be competed for in the Women’s Day Golf tournament at the par-72 Kitante course.

By William Muwonge and Douglas Mazune

AFRICAN Alliance Uganda has offered prizes to be competed for in the Women’s Day Golf tournament at the par-72 Kitante course.

African Alliance gave the prizes to Uganda Golf Club (UGC) ladies section, the organisers of the event, that is part of the International Women’s Day celebrations today.

“We are grateful to Alliance for having come to our rescue. we encourage them to continue supporting female golfers,” UGC lady captain Jennifer Opio remarked.

The 18-holes event has attracted over 100 competitors. The overall winner will come from the women categories while men who excel in various groups will take home prizes.

Stroke play leader board
G. Olayo 8 points
S. Birungi 7
H. Mutawe 6
V. Byamukama 5
J. Mawejje 3.5
G. Kituku 3.5

THERE were fears that this year’s Uganda Golf Union (UGU) stroke play championship would be devalued after five top stars became professionals.

Three former national champions Deo Akope, Charles Yokwe and Stephen Kasaija along with Denis Anguyo and Godfrey Mande quit the amateur ranks.

Some members of the golf fraternity were concerned that the stars’ move would render the amateur championship less attractive.

But the Bro Group Western Open in Fort Portal at the weekend had strong indicators of what promises to be another competitive season.

George Olayo emerged victor at 141 gross, ahead of runner up and three-time national champion Stephen Birungi at 147 and Herman Mutawe in third place at 149.
“I am ready for what is likely to be a big fight with my colleagues this season,” Olayo said.

The performance of Olayo, who also won his second major title in 10 years, Birungi, Mutawe and Mawejje showed they are the men to watch this season.

The stroke play format launched last year, sparked off a close contest among the current professionals.

Kasaija quit the amateur ranks after winning six events to become national champion while his rivals shared the other eight competitions. Kasaija at 138 won the professional event at the Western Open.

The stroke play event like the match play system are a true test of golfing skill and bring out the best in players.

The Western Open also set in motion this year’s UGU circuit that has 20 events. On average, there will be two events every month with the Mbarara Open set for March 18-19 due next.

African Alliance spices day

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