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Bagalana wins Kitante Golf Open

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 28th January 2019 03:17 PM

Bagalana carded 139nett to claim his first major win in over a year, attributing the win to his good tee shots over the two days of action.

Bagalana wins Kitante Golf Open

Ashiraf Bagalana in action. PHOTOS: Michael Nsubuga

Bagalana carded 139nett to claim his first major win in over a year, attributing the win to his good tee shots over the two days of action.

Ashiraf Bagalana is determined to win more tournaments this year after winning the season opener-the Kitante Open on Saturday.

Bagalana carded 139nett to claim his first major win in over a year, attributing the win to his good tee shots over the two days of action.

"My driving was exceptional, and I want to continue like that in all the other tournaments," Bagalana who birdied six holes to end his over one year drought in club competitions said.

National team player Ibrahim Bagalana, a brother to Ashiraf was the men's Group A winner with 142nett, beating Michael Tumusiime on count-back; with Vincent Katutsi finishing as second runner-up.

Kim Jeong Yun, Robert Busingye and Paul Ndyaguma were the top players in Group B with 141, 142 and 143nett respectively while Garry Gonza (143), Henry Mukiibi (145c/b) and Dickson Agaba (145) where the best performers in Group C.

Another youngster, Gabby Nabitaka also registered her first major victory when she returned 143nett to lead the ladies competition in the Barclays Bank and Pinnacle Security sponsored event.

Nabitaka, a Gayaza High School student, who registered only one par one Hole-No.9 is determined to emulate her mum Harriet Kitaka who is a regular podium finisher in the ladies Group A.

The different winners from the Kitante Open pose with their prizes after the tournament at Kitante, January 26, 2019

"Practice did it for me and I was more focused on the game. I didn't let any bad shots get to me and I came with a positive attitude to play better; I had practiced the whole week prior to the tournament," Nabitaka said.

"My dream is to join the national team and play in some of those big competitions. I want to be like my mum she is really good at it," Nabitaka stated.

Irene Nakalembe took the ladies Group A by two strokes, beating Wendy Angudeyo, who in turn edged Gloria Mbaguta on count-back, having returned 148nett each.

Rising lady golfer Caroline Namutebi was also one stroke ahead of Mi Jung Kim in Group B. Victor Kalenzi, Katy Kabenge, J.B Tumusiime Jnr and Wendy Angudeyo picked the side bets prizes for the nearest to the pin and longest drives.

Kitante Golf Open results

Overall winners

Men: Ashiraf Bagalana 139nett

Ladies: Gabby Nabitaka 143nett

Group A

Ibra Bagalana 142c/b

Michael Tumusiime 142

Vincent Katutsi 145

Group B

Kim Jeong Yun 141

Robert Busingye 142

Paul Ndyaguma 143c/b

Group C

Garry Gonza 143

Henry Mukiibi 145

Dickson Agaba 145

Ladies

Group A

Irene Nakalembe 146nett

Wendy Angudeyo 148c/b

Gloria Mbaguta 148

Group B

Sung Yi Hong 147

Caroline Namutebi 150

Mi Jung Kim 151

Nearest to the pin

Victor Kalenzi

Katy Kabenge

Longest drive

J.B Tumusiime Jnr

Wendy Angudeyo

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