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Cwinya-ai wins Kitante Open as Oche leads pros contest

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 14th February 2020 09:57 PM

In the professionals’ event, Nigeria’s Andrew Oche’s four-under 68 propelled him to the top as his opponents Phillip Kasozi and Edwin Mudanyi with whom he was joint –top after the second round struggled.

Cwinya-ai wins Kitante Open as Oche leads pros contest

Joseph Cwinya-ai rallied from behind to win the Kitante Open.

In the professionals’ event, Nigeria’s Andrew Oche’s four-under 68 propelled him to the top as his opponents Phillip Kasozi and Edwin Mudanyi with whom he was joint –top after the second round struggled.

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Tooro Golf Club's Joseph Cwinya-ai carded 226 gross over 54 holes to win the Kitante Open at the Uganda Golf Club on Friday.

Cwinya-ai rallied from five strokes down to edge his closest challenger, Kinyara Golf Club's Joseph Kasozi by two strokes on the last day of action.

He trailed by five strokes after the first round and by three after the second to win his second major in a row following earlier victory in the Venus Open at his home course last week.

"It wasn't that simple as I came into the competition under medication but I kept on improving with each round," Cwinya-ai who wrapped it with three birdies on holes; 8, 9, and 18 said.

 igerias che has a fourstroke advantage going into the last round hotos by ichael subuga Nigeria's Oche has a four-stroke advantage going into the last round. Photos by Michael Nsubuga

 


"I was trailing by three strokes going into the last round but Kasozi was also under pressure because he knew what I'm capable of, so after the first three holes I had reduced the margin to one stroke but I made a few mistakes on the next two holes and by the sixth hole I was chasing six strokes which gave me a little bit of headache but I managed to catch up in the remaining 12 holes for the victory.

"Winning on +10 is not good golf at all and I'm a bit disappointed but I will take the win because I was under medication," Cwinya-ai stated.

Cwinya-ai who could turn pro later this year said there is unfinished business in the amateur ranks before he can think of a professional move.

"I also want to turn pro when I'm still hot but we have to defend the Victoria Cup and the East Africa Regional IV championship in Entebbe before I make the move,"

 "We have won the Region IV championship twice in a row and we would like to win it again in Entebbe,"

In the professionals' event, Nigeria's Andrew Oche's four-under 68 propelled him to the top as his opponents Phillip Kasozi and Edwin Mudanyi with whom he was joint -top after the second round struggled.

 asozi reacts to his putt during the third round action Kasozi reacts to his putt during the third round action.

 


"I really had a good solid round; it couldn't have been worse than it is right now because I made a lot of birdies today and I hit some really decent shots onto the greens, giving myself chance, so it was good that I managed to convert a few today; so it is a fair result for me and it could have been better," Oche said.

Oche's round included six birdies on holes 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 17 and is looking to warp it in a similar style on Saturday.

"I'm going to give it as much chance as I can but there are 18 holes still to play and the concentration has to still remain at a hundred percent, so I will just stay focused and do what I have been doing; the game plan has not changed, so the plan is to stay as solid as I can," Oche who is also looking to cement his position on the Safari Tour stated.

Uganda's Phillip Kasozi remains in the second position, four strokes off having played level-72 in the third round.

 che and asozi shake hands after the third round Oche and Kasozi shake hands after the third round.

 


"I struggled with my putting but we have another round which will call for the best from all of us," Kasozi said.

Other Ugandan pros Ronald Rugumayo, Deo Akope, and Denis Anguyo and Kenya's Simon Ngige had a decent round too, returning 68 and 71 gross respectively to move  

Amateurs: Top ten

Gross Leaderboard

Joseph Cwinya-ai      77 75 74 226

Joseph Kasozi            72 77 79 228

Hassan Kiyemba        75 80 74 229

Tadeo Gaita Rodell    79 78 75 232

Ibrahim Bagalana      76 78 78 232

Denis Styles Asaba    81 76 76 233

Morris Ashaba           77 81 77 235

Christopher Baguma  83 80 73 236

James Koto                76 82 78 236

Emmanuel Moko       76 78 82 236

 

Kitante Open Rd 3: Top ten pros

Andrew Odoh Oche (NIG) 71; 73; 68; 212

Phillip Kasozi (UG)            69; 75; 72; 216

Robinson Chinhoi (ZIM)    71; 75; 71; 217

Dismas Indiza (KE)            72; 74; 71; 217

Edwin Mudanyi (KEN)       69; 75; 73; 217

Ronald Rugumayo (UG)     74; 76; 68; 218

Mathew Omondi (UG)        73; 73; 73; 219

Simon Ngige (KEN)            73; 76; 71; 220

David Kamulindwa (UG)    74; 74; 72; 220

Brian Toolit (UG)                71; 74; 75 220

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