Defending champion’s Kenya took a one stroke lead on the opening round of the East African Golf Challenge that teed off at Entebbe Club this morning.
Kenya draw one game, lost one and won its remaining games at the team game tournament and have 6 and half points.
Uganda lost two games,drew one and won the rest of their other 8 games that they played today with Happy Robert beating his Ethiopian opponent Yitbarek to salvage a crucial point on the 18th hole to give Uganda 5 and half points and remain second going into tomorrow’s crucial day were the players will be playing a round of 36 holes in the foursome and four ball better ball format.
“Feels great winning the last game of the day and help my country stay on track in the tournament,” Robert said after seeking his final ball in the the hole at 18. “It was a tough ride for me in my game, but happy the way it ended.”
Uganda’s Peter Ssendaula, started the country’s account with a tough draw with Kenya’s captain Nelson Simwa, but the biggest comeback was the game between Uganda’s Adolf Muhumuza, and Tanzania’s Adam Abas, with the Ugandan golfer clawing back after falling 4 strokes in the opening first 5 holes and eventually win his game 2-up.
Uganda’s Robert Oluba lost to Kenya’s John Karichu while Ronald Rugumayo, lost to Tanzania’s Joseph Victor in a gruelling encounter.
Tanzania and Rwanda have four points each while Burundi and Ethiopia have two points apiece.
EAST AFRICAN GOLF Challenge
Day 1 Leaderboard
Kenya 6 and half points
Uganda 5 and half points
Tanzania 4 points