Magala wins Nigeria Ladies Golf Open in Lagos

By Michael Nsubuga

Magala returned 251 gross over 54 holes to win the championship that attracted 116 players.

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Top five-Ibom Resort
Eva Magala (UG) 85; 85; 81 251
Rachael Danjuma (NG) 81; 90; 81 252
Wilfred Amina (NG) 81; 84; 87 252
Irene Nakalembe (UG) 85; 90; 80 255
Gloria Mbaguta (UG) 91; 94; 86 271
Eva Magala capped another fine performance over the weekend winning the Nigeria Ladies Open at the Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort in Ibom State, Lagos.
Magala, who is a national ladies team player and also doubles as the Uganda Ladies Golf Union president, returned 251 gross over 54 holes to win the championship that attracted 116 players.
Playing off handicap 4, Magala opened her round with an identical 85 gross in each of the first two rounds before finishing off with an 81 to beat Nigeria’s Rachael Danjuma to the championship by one stroke.
Magala was part of a five-man Ugandan team that also included Gloria Mbaguta, Irene Nakalembe, Wendy Angudeyo and Pamela Tumusiime and one of 8 single handicapped players in the annual tournament that attracted golfers from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Nigeria.
Other Ugandans Nakalembe and Mbaguta finished fourth and fifth; 4 and 20 strokes behind respectively, with Angudeyo finishing eleventh while Tumusiime did not make the cut to play in the final two rounds.
As Magala excelled in Nigeria, other Ugandans; Katy Kabenge, Becca Mwanja and Dennis Anguyo were also displaying classy acts in the MTN Rwanda Open.
Kabenge emerged with the best ladies gross score (161) over 36 holes while Mwanja (302gross) managed a third-place podium finish behind winner Alloys Nsabimana (281) and runner-up Emmanuel Nkurunziza (284) over the four rounds.
Anguyo managed fourth place in the RWF10m (sh41m) contest where other Ugandans Vincent Byamukama, Herman Mutaawe, Deo Akope and Richard Baguma all had a share on the cash.
Rwanda’s Ernest Ndayisenga won the tournament with Kenya’s Justus Madoya and Kopan Timbe finishing second and third respectively.