Ronald Otile, 21, playing off handicap zero successfully defended the Tusker Malt Uganda Open Amateur Golf Championship in Kampala on Saturday.

Now based in South Africa where he is undertaking studies at the University of Pretoria, Otile, also a member at Toro Golf Club in Fort Portal posted a total gross aggregate score of 291 in 72 holes played over 4 days at the par 72 Uganda Golf Club.

An ecstatic Otile attested to the 19th hole gallery at the Kampala club how adequate preparations helped him defend the title with ease.

I trained a lot prior to the tournament. I played 36 holes with Daniel Baguma in Pretoria daily with night sessions inclusive. I thank my fellow players for the good competition provided. I would love to defend my title for the third time of asking next year

In the opening round, he posted a course 2 over par 74 score to trail the day’s joint leaders Joseph Cwinyaai and Adolf Muhumuza by three strokes.

However, he recovered on day two with the tournament best score of 69 gross to take a five strokes lead.

On day three, his lead was reduced to two strokes but he fully restored the grip on the final day.

“I did not have any pressure coming to the third day. I had a strategy of playing par scores and birdies according to the performance of the members in the group” he added.

Otile nearly choked on the 10th hole when his ball played off the tee box got stuck in between buttress roots of a huge tree.

He dropped the ball to lose a stroke. Upon playing the ball, it hit the tree and bounced back to where he was.

“Such moments happen in golf. I remained focused and went for a double boggie on hole 10. Fortunately, my closet opponent (Muhumuza) boggied that the same hole”

Otile was rewarded with a glittering trophy, a brand new gold bag with titlest clubs as well as a return trip to Abu Dhubai courtesy of Etihad Airlines.

He is expected to fly back to South Africa on Tuesday.

Ronald Otile receives his trophy from Tusker Malt Managing Director

The championship attracted over 150 golfers both in the main and subsidiary categories with a foreign legion from Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Zambia.

Zambia’s top amateur golfer Aaaron Simfukwe settled for fourth best with 74,75, 75 and 77 over four rounds that totaled 304 on aggregate beating John Basabose and Rwanda’s Alloys Nsabimana on count-back.

Focus now switches to the professional catergory that tees off on 31st August 2016.

The Tusker Malt Uganda Open is in its 6th year and the partnership that Uganda Breweries Limited through its flagship premium beer Tusker Malt lager enjoy, is ever growing stronger.

During the awards ceremony hosted by Johnnie Walker, the Uganda Breweries Limited Managing Director, Mark Ocitti said; “We increased our contribution to the Uganda Open because of the success that we have witnessed over the years. Last year, we witnessed Otile set a record by winning both the amateur and pros tournaments. He has been outstanding this year as he has showed us that the investment made to take him to a golf academy is already paying off. Well done.”

The Uganda Golf Union has introduced a new regulation whereby the top ten winners of the amateur Open are allowed to play in the pros tournament of the Tusker Malt Uganda Open. This means that we shall have an opportunity to watch these youngsters take on the pros come August 31st.

The Tusker Malt Uganda Open will return on the 31st August as the professional golfers take to the green to battle it out.

Uganda Breweries Limited, through its flagship premium beer Tusker Malt Lager, for the 6th year in a row, are the title sponsors of the Uganda Golf Open. Tusker Malt Lager moved to augment its commitment to the game of Golf by further increasing its cash sponsorship from UGX 200 million shillings to UGX 230 million shillings. An additional UGX 270 million shillings as noncash sponsorship has also been injected into the tournament, taking the total sponsorship kit up to UGX 500 million shillings.

Tusker Malt Lager embodies the spirit of the game of golf. Tusker Malt lager is slow brewed with an ingredient base of 100% malt giving it that unmistakably rich, smooth premium taste that is widely recognized and that consumers have grown to love.

Final Leaderboard: Gross scores over 4 rounds

Main Championship:

Overall Winner: Ronald Otile 74, 69, 74, 74 (291)

2 – Adolf Muhumuza 71, 77, 71, 77 (296)

3 – Paul Muchangi 74, 75, 75, 77 (301)

T4

Aaron Simfukwe  80, 75, 76, 76 (304)

John Basabose  75, 78, 75, 76 (304)

Alloys Nsabimana 74, 78, 75, 77 (304)

7 – Joseph Cwinyaai 71, 78, 82, 74 (305)

T8

Edrin Okwong 79, 77, 75, 77 (306)

Dennis Saikwa 76, 74, 80, 76 (306)

Edwin Mudanyi 77, 76, 72, 81 (306)

T11

Alfred Nandwa 74, 75, 83, 76 (308)

Joe Basaline 74, 83, 71, 80 (308)

T13

 Ronald Rugumanyo 78, 71, 84, 76 (309)

Geofrey Kubwa 82, 78, 70, 79 (309)

15 – Christopher Andrea 80, 77, 73, 81 (311)

T16

Andrew Chelogoi 78, 78, 76, 80 (312)

Solo Kego 77, 81, 72, 82 (312)

18 – Herman Mutebi 81, 79, 77, 76 (313)

19 – Henry Ssali 81, 77, 78, 78 (314)

Subsidiary Category:

Gross Winner: Herbert Watsala  80, 81 (161)

2 – Charles Mubiru 82, 85 (167)

3 – Anthony Agaba 85, 85 (170) – Countback

4 – Andrew Mugume 83, 87 (170)

Nett Winner: Ponsiano Kalema  – 146

2 – Henry Rubaale – 148

3 – Harry Hakiza – 149 (Countback)

4 – Joseph Bogera – 149

Side Bets:

Winner 1st 36 Holes: Ronald Rugumayo (149)

2nd Runners up: Geofrey Kubwa (149)

Nett Winner: Yusuf Sentongo (288)

2nd Runners up: Edrin Okong (290)

Nearest to the pin: Joe Basalaine (On Hole 9)

Longest Drive: Faiz Alam (Hole 18)

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

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