Ladies get Uganda Golf Open events underway in Entebbe

By Michael Nsubuga

Leading Uganda’s charge is Irene Nakalembe.

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Lady golfers take to the Entebbe Course on Wednesday in pursuit of the Uganda Ladies Open championship that opens this year’s series of Castle Lite Ugandan Open tournaments.

After the official practice round, golfers will have a clear picture of what waits on the course in the three-round, 54-hole competition that tees off on Thurday.

Leading Uganda’s charge is Irene Nakalembe who finished as runner up to Tanzania’s Angel Eaton last year, though the later had by Tuesday not registered for the three-day tournament.

Eva Magala, Martha Babirye, Peace Kabasweka, Evelyn Asiimwe and Resty Nalutaaya who are fresh from representing Uganda in the Ghana Ladies Open where they had a descent outing are some of the other contestants in the main event of the handicaps 18 and below.

Other Ugandans in the main event include; Wendy Angudeyo, Samalie Naikomba, Bridget Basiima, Petra Nalwoga, Jenina Nasimolo, Pavie Catherine, Regina Namata, Joan Kyatuka, Robinah Angom and veteran Grace Obua.

 Irene Nakalembe is the favourite among the local competitors

The event has attracted entries as far as India, in Bhaskar Shebani as well as Tanzanians; Vicky Elias, Ayne Magombe, Lina Nkya, as well as Ethiopia’s Nigussie Selam Hassen, Kenya’s Nzioka Mwongeli.

A putting challenge will follow the official practice round of the Ladies Open on the first day, before the first round and longest drive competition on day-2. After the second round on the third day, there will be chip and putt contest, before the last round on day-four.

A ladies subsidiary event that has attracted twenty golfers will be played concurrently with the main event while the men’s subsidiary will be played on Saturday.

The event is sponsored by Serena Hotel, Barclays Bank, cba bank, Time Cop, Ernst & Young, Britam, Jumia, Gems Cambridge International School, Nation Media, MINET, Quality Chemicals, Pearl Seeds and Civil Aviation Authority.