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Cwinya-ai, Mutaawe win Kinyara Open accolades

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 21st October 2019 11:12 AM

They both returned 142 gross over 36 holes to walk away with a 50-inch flat-screen and the biggest share of sh12m.

Cwinya-ai, Mutaawe win Kinyara Open accolades

LIAISON managing director Tom Mulwa (left) presents the overall winners trophy to Joseph Cwinya-ai as Kinyara General Manager Ravi Ramalingam looks on after the Kinyara Open. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

They both returned 142 gross over 36 holes to walk away with a 50-inch flat-screen and the biggest share of sh12m.

National team captain Joseph Cwinya-ai and professional golfer Herman Mutaawe were the toast of Masindi on Saturday after they won the amateur and professional's competitions during the 23rd edition of the Kinyara Open at Kinyara Golf Club.
 
They both returned 142 gross over 36 holes to walk away with a 50-inch flat-screen and the biggest share of sh12m, in the tournament that attracted a record 175 players from nine golf courses across the country.
 
It was the first win for both golfers this year, Cwinya-ai having narrowly lost the same championship last year to Grace Kasango, on count-back.
 
"My game worked out because I prepared well and finished with level par. I played three-under on the first day, scoring five birdies and 2 bogeys but felt a little bit of pressure on the second day, but I held on to win despite playing on three birdies and six bogeys on the second day," Mutaawe said.
 
"It was only Kamulindwa who really provided the biggest challenge, but I have the experience and was determined," Mutaawe said.
 
Unlike in the professionals, it was smooth sailing for Cwinya-ai who returned level -par 142 gross over the two rounds.
 

 Kinyara Sugar General Manager Ravi Ramalingam (left) and LIAISON managing director Tom Mulwa (2nd left) join the top three golfers and the professionals on stage after the Kinyara Open. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

 "It was an easy win for me because I'm just fresh from national duty in Mauritius, so I still had my form on and I was playing against my juniors, so it wasn't much of a fight," Cwinya-ai reasoned.
 
"I actually feel like a pro because I have everything I need thanks to my sponsor Isaac Aisu who is based in the UK, he has provided me with everything I need," Cwinya-ai who 16 pars, one birdie, and one bogey
 
And 3 birdies, 14 pars on the first second nines respectively, stated.
 
He will now head to Nairobi, Kenya for the amateur stroke play championship at Thika Greens with extra motivation.
 
"They gave us a big challenge during the Uganda Open, so I'm going there on a revenge mission,"
 
Melon Kyomugisha topped the ladies category and took the longest drive prize as well while Martha Babirye and Assa Nambogwe were first and second runners up respectively.
 
The tournament is sponsored by UAP Old Mutual, LIAISON, ICEA and Jubilee Insurance.
 
The prize-giving ceremony was graced by top Kinyara Sugar Management including the General Manager Ravi Ramalingam, club chairman Sreekkanth Sarangoraja, financial controller Vishnu Nayaran and LIAISON managing director Tom Mulwa.
 
Top three
 
Amateurs
 
Joseph Cwinya-ai 71; 71 142
 
Rodell Gaita 73; 73 146
 
Emma Moko 77; 73 150
 
Ladies
 
Melon Kyomugisha 37pts
 
Martha Babirye 36
 
Assa Nambogwe 31
 
Professionals
 
Herman Mutaawe 68; 74 142
 
David Kamulindwa 71; 72 143
 
Martin Ochaya 73; 70 143
 
Group A-men
 
Jimmy Mwesigye 36ptsc/b
 
Collins Bulafu 36c/b
 
Moses Toko 36
 
Group B
 
Nelson Obo 39pts
 
Peter Mubiru 39
 
Isaiah Kwizera 39
 
Group C
 
Ronald Bwambale 44
 
Robert Ssempebwa 36
 
Michael Kayanja 34
 
Group A-ladies
 
Melon Kyomugisha 37pts
 
Martha Babirye 36
 
Assa Nambogwe 31
 
Group B
 
Patricia Nakuya 36
 
Beatrice Kyomukama 35
 
Lukiya Tiko 35
 
Nearest to the pin
 
Martha Babirye
 
Joseph Ngobi
 
Longest drive
 
Melon Kyomugisha
 
Joseph Kakooza

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