Kilembe Mines Golf Club youngster Chris Muhindo returned 66nett to win the Tusker Toro Golf Open at Toro Club on Saturday.
Playing off handicap 16, the 15 year old Senior One student at Rwenzori Christian Vocational Secondary School beat over 40 men to the top prize, impressing many including chief guest, the National Forest Authority Executive Director Micheal Mugisa who offered him a six-month golf sponsorship for events across the country.
“I thank my personal sponsor in Kilembe and I also thank the Toro Club course member for the good work on the course, it was in great shape and I didn’t get any problems in my game. Our course in Kilembe is rough so we need serious sponsors who can help us maintain it, otherwise we could even be playing better,” Muhindo said as excited golfers cheered him on.
It was Muhindo’s third career trophy since starting out in 2012.
Lucia Alinda tees off during the Tusker Toro Open at Toro Club
Lady overall winner Lucia Alinda was also over the moon for winning her first trophy since starting out in March.
After winning the overall ladies trophy, Toro golfer Alinda is determined to scale the heights in this male dominated sport.
Five months in the sport, she is not only hooked but wants her performance to inspire others especially school children.
“I joined this sport to try and inspire others especially students. When I win it is the only inspirational gift I can give them. I want to show them that with determination everything is possible as I want them to approach everything with determination,” Alinda the proprietor of St. Lucia High School said.
Alinda carded 70nett to beat Mbarara golf Club’s Edrae Kagombe and Bridget Asiimwe including thirteen others to the top prize in the one-day tournament on Saturday.
National team player Denis Asaba beat Emma Jakisa on count-back to win the gross category with 70 gross where Mutesasira Kitengo finished third with 71.
After playing a round on the course for the first time Kampala golfer John Katto was not impressed with the flags on the course and offered the club new ones.
For honoring the tournament and participating in it professional lady golfer Flavia Namakula was assigned a pet Toro name (empako), “Akiiki”.
Andrew Mugume 67nett
Ashiraf Bagalana 68
Peter Obita 71
Dan Musinguzi 69
Edgar Kamara 70
Yusuf Muhenda 72
Richard Arimpisa 67
Ronald Muhumba 68
George Kansiime 72
Seniors 65+ years
Gilbert Mujogya 70c/b
Stephen Kanyamatonwa 70
Seniors 55-65 years
Sam Onek 79
Charles Kagombe 82