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Cwinyaai contemplates pro move after winning Entebbe Open

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 4th November 2019 08:56 AM

The 23-year-old from Tooro Club beat off fatigue to claim his third major this year, to add to the Mayombo and Kinyara opens he won earlier on

Cwinyaai contemplates pro move after winning Entebbe Open

UGU president Innocent Kihika (left), Absa's Stephen Odongo and tournament directors Geoffrey Byamugisha crown Entebbe Open winner Joseph Cwinyaai after the tournament at Entebbe Club. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

The 23-year-old from Tooro Club beat off fatigue to claim his third major this year, to add to the Mayombo and Kinyara opens he won earlier on

National team captain Joseph Cwinya-ai is contemplating playing professional golf after shining with the national team and bagging three majors this year.

On Saturday, Cwinya-ai rallied from behind to win the Castle Lite Entebbe Open at Entebbe Club beating over 30 players to the 10th edition title.

Coming off winning the Kinyara Sugar Open recently, and finishing fourth in the Kenya Amateur Stroke Play Championship last week, the 23-year-old from Tooro Club beat off fatigue to claim his third major this year, to add to the Mayombo and Kinyara opens he won earlier on.

Going into the last round of the 54-hole competition, Cwinyaai was 5 strokes off the leader, Michael Alunga but his three-under-par 68 in the final round ensured the victory.

bsas tephen dongo left hands a plaque to odlive ayebare right the overall nett winner in the ladies category after the tournament at ntebbe lub hoto by ichael subugaAbsa's Stephen Odongo (left) hands a plaque to Godlive Nayebare (right), the overall nett winner in the ladies category after the tournament at Entebbe Club. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 

"This is my fourth tournament in a month and I'm a bit fatigued but I had to fight. I was chasing five strokes off and chasing an experienced player Alunga but I came with a target of shooting 68 which I achieved and fortunately the leader messed up," Cwinya-ai said.

He wrapped up the win with five birdies and only three bogeys and is now focused to win more in the Serena and Kakira Open before the year ends.

"I will probably turn pro next year because my sponsor Isaac Aisu who is based in the UK has ensured I play all these tournaments because he gives me everything including money and clubs," Cwinyaai stated.

Earlier, Kenya's Justus Madoya won the professional's category with a nine-under 275 over 72 holes.

The Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort's 33-year-old player consequently bagged his first major win since turning pro two years ago and grabbing the biggest share of the sh40m kitty, taking home sh6m.

enyas ustus adoya 2nd right won the professionals tournament hoto by ichael subugaKenya's Justus Madoya (2nd right) won the professionals tournament. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

 

He also bagged an extra 50 Safari Tour points from the Entebbe tournament, taking his tally to 110.5pts from the four events played thus far.

"It feels good winning this because I have been fighting to win at least one tournament to open the door in my professional career, so it is good I have gotten one; it feels great," Madoya said.

"My last round was fantastic I had great shots from the tees and I had a good recovery and all my second shots were good and everything else about my game today was good. 

Amateurs: Top ten

Joseph Cwinyaai  78 73 68 219

Grace Kasango     73 77 70 220

Emmanuel Jakisa  76 74 71 221

Michael Alunga    73 73 75 221

Samuel Kato         78 73 74 225

Godfrey Nsubuga 69 80 76 225

Christopher Baguma 80 75 71 226

Ashiraf Bagalana 78 74 74 226

Emmanuel Moko 73 77 76 226

Tom Jingo             79 72 79 230

James Koto           84 75 75 234 

Overall winners net

Men: Mark Rubatsimbira 43pts

Ladies: Godlive Nayebare 36

Group A

Rajab Piwang 208nett

Samuel Kato 216nett

Group B

Fred Kasumba 42pts

Raymond Mwesige 39

Geoffrey Gyabi 38

Group C

Dejan Stepanovic 35

Mathias Kalule 35

Adoch Luwum 34

Group A-Ladies

Wendy Angudeyo 35pts

Judith Komugisha 31

Group B

Yu Feng 35

Arkens Anya 33

Longest drive

Men: Joseph Cwinyaai

Ladies: Wendy Angudeyo

Nearest to the pin

Men: Nicholas Hercules

Ladies: Jovia Tugume

Seniors

Alex Coutinho 234nett

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