2014 Kakira Open Gross Category:

Overall Winner: Grace Kasango (149)

1st Runners Up:  Ronald Otile (152)

2nd Runners Up: Ronald Bukenya (153)

A combination of factors; composure, local course knowledge, character and sheer lady luck all smiled on one person – Grace Kasango as the gross category of the 2014 Kakira Golf Open climaxed at the Par 72 Jinja Golf Course.

Home nurtured talent, Kasango fired 149 total gross to beat 19 other players to the overall title of the 6th edition of the Uganda Golf Union sanctioned event.

    Today, everything I touched turned to gold. From the swing on the Tee, Approach and the Putt, all seemed to have been heaven sent

A smiling 6 feet plus Kasango, who also won the 2014 Onito Memorial Open on the same course added.

The handicap 3 golfer fired 149 gross over 36 holes, 3 and 4 strokes clear of the catching pack of Toro Club’s Ronald Otile and Lugazi’s Ronald ‘Ronnie King’ Bukenya respectively.

Otile Putts

Toro Club’s Ronald Otile Putts at the 18th hole of Jinja Golf Course overlooking Lake Victoria

Enroute the victory, Kasango fired 9 birdies in the grueling 36 holes action played under sunny environs along the cool breeze from Lake Victoria and the Nile River waters.

The towering jovial golfer held his nerves as he played 75 and 74 strokes on the first and second course18 holes respectively.

“I came prepared for this victory. When a took a 1 stroke lead after the first 9, I realized I would make it and today my putting was great” he revealed the winning strategy.

Last year’s defending champion, Willy Deus Kitata will leave to forget this year’s edition as he never ever surfaced even among the top 10.


Reigning Uganda Open winner, also the 2013 Kakira open winner, Willy Deus Kitata had a ‘bad day’ at office

Toro Club’s Titus Okwong and Palm Valley’s Abraham Ainemane jointly tied with 154 strokes in 4th place before Edwin Okong, Adolf Muhumuza, Francis Ngabo, Joseph Mawejje and Abbey Bagalana completed the top 10 places.

The gross players played alongside the professionals (won by Denis Anguyo) with the main event teeing off Saturday and the official prize giving on Sunday.

Deco Mutebi

Young golfer, Herman ‘Deco’ Mutebi was disappointed with his scores over 36 holes.

Sugar Manufacturing company, Kakira Sugar Limited powered the event with a huge boost of U.shs 50M sponsorship.

Gross Group Top 10 Performers (2014 Kakira Open):

1-Grace Kasango      75   74     149

2 – Ronald Otile           78   74    152

3 – Ronald Bukenya     74   79   153

4 – Titus Okwong       76     78   154

5 – Abraham Ainemane  80 74   154

6 – Edwine  Okong        81   74  155

7 – Adolf Muhumuza  84    71    155

8 – Francis Ngabo      79    77     156

9 – Joseph Mawejje   82     74    156

10 – Abbey Bagalana  76    82   158

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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