Nakalembe bags fifth Entebbe Ladies Open title

By Michael Nsubuga

Playing off handicap 3, Nakalembe returned 152 gross over 36 holes to claim her fifth championship in what has become a routine win on her home course.

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After winning her fourth Castle Lite Entebbe Ladies Open championship last year, she promised to hang on to this championship. And true to her word, Irene Nakalembe marched to her fifth consecutive victory at Entebbe on Saturday.
Playing off handicap 3, Nakalembe returned 152 gross over 36 holes to claim her fifth championship in what has become a routine win on her home course.
“I have been battered away from home, but here, I’m going to hang on to this,” Nakalembe said after last year’s championship. “You can never get tired of winning. Winning is such a good feeling,” she stated prior to the weekend action.
And after Saturday’s win, she could not thank God enough for guiding her to another victory.
“I did not start well but finished well. After trailing by three strokes, I prayed and asked God to be on my side and his answer was reflected in my putting which was awesome today,” Nakalembe said.
“For sure, I didn’t think I would have it this time around because I had strong competitors in Martha and Eva but I kept my cool. I brought 35 gross on the front nine and the three strokes I was chasing was behind me and I thank God for that,” Nakalembe stated.
She eventually won by three strokes beating Martha Babirye who led day-one by the same margin with Eva Magala finishing third, eight strokes away.

 Dr. Maggie Kigozi (2nd left) and sponsors' representatives from Castle Lite, Andrew Atuhaire (left), cba-Anthony Ndegwa (back), and Britam and ULGU president Eva Magala (2nd right) pose with Irene Nakalembe after the Castle Lite Entebbe Ladies Open at Entebbe Club, March 2 2019

Babirye, who last year also missed winning the Uganda Ladies Open in similar fashion blamed her inexperience in such big moments.
“I’m not used to playing with high handicapped players that is my biggest undoing but Nakalembe had a good game too. She putted well while my putting deserted me but I’m now going to start training with the single handicappers,” Babirye stated.
Peace Kabasweka finished fourth overall on 169 while Harriet Kitaka’s 172 gross had him finishing fifth.
The first ever Pro Challenge in recognition of the only lady pro Flavia Namakula, that was added to the competition was won by Herman ‘Deco’ Mutebi who returned 69 gross to claim the biggest share of sh6m.
Doctor Maggie Kigozi and sponsors’ representatives from Castle Lite, Britam and Commercial Bank of Africa gave away prizes to the different winners.
Castle Lite Entebbe Ladies Open
Top five
Irene Nakalembe 78; 74 152
Martha Babirye    75; 80 155
Eva Magala          80; 80 160
Peace Kabasweka 83; 86 169
Harriet Kitaka      86; 86 172
Nett winners-Silver Category
Sheilla Kesiime 76; 71 147nett
Bridget Basiima 69; 79 148
Wendy Angudeyo 77; 78 155
Bronze Category
Frista Birabwa 65; 67 132
Jovia Tugume 106; 111 217
Overall net category
Frista Birabwa 65; 67 132
Jemima Akikiriza 72; 70 142
Victoria Ngabire 73; 76 149
Julian Nabwire 72
Rita Apell 75
Nancy Mugo 153nett
Nearest to the pin
Bridget Basiima
Group A
Gilbert Kiiza 68c/b
Samuel Wambi 68
Robbins Mwehaire 69c/b
Group B
Perry Musiime 64
Cyprian Alibayo 65
Edward Kabuchu 66
Group C
Arnold Bagubagye 67
Innocent Kihika 67
Luwum Adoch 69
Isaac Mariera 70
Longest drive:
Denis Asaba
Nearest to the pin:
Ssuubi Kiwanuka