2016 Uganda Open Pro Tournament

  • Official Practice: Tuesday, 30th August 2016
  • Official Tee-off: Wednesday, 31st August 2016

At the Uganda Golf Course, Kitante – Kampala

A total of ninety golf professionals take to the Uganda Golf Club course on Tuesday morning as the official practice round for the Uganda Golf Pro Open tees off in Kampala.

All golfers are roaring like lions, hissing like hungry and angered cobras ready to fight for the lion’s share of the professional total kitty of Shs110M..

South Africa’s Seale Joshua is only flag bear from the star studded country of golfers.

Joshua Seale reads the line before putting

There are three golfers from Ghana – Vincent Togah, David Doe, John Mawuli and Anthony Gbenyor, joined by three Nigerian top cream; Willy Gift, Mike Ubi and Sunday Olapade Abimbola.

Rwanda is well represented by Erneste Ndayisenga, Olivier Munyaneza and the debutant pro Jules Dusabe.

Tanzania has Pembe Rajabu Iddi Kondo, Jimmy Mollel, Elisante Lembris, John Leonce , Nuru Mollel, Rodrick John, Hassan Kadio and Kevin Mabelel, all eager to impress and utmost win the championship.

These will battle a crop of seasoned golfers from Kenya, who have brought on board the largest number of golfers – 37 as well as the home boys from Uganda.

Kenya’s Dismas Ndiza who has the Kitante best course record score of 9 under par 63 gross will lead the crop of players for the big prize.

Left handed Richard Ainley, Frank Matilo, Ngugi, Karanja, Wangai, Jacob Okello, Erick Kutwa, Nicholas Rokoine, Matthew Omondi, David Wakhu, Kopan Timbe, Ken Abuto, Boniface Simwa, and James Lorum among others are some of the Kenyans in the tournament.

Uganda Golf Professsional Association (UGPA) president Deo Akope and three time winner of the professional category leads the field of Ugandan golfers, whose local knowledge of the course is an added advantage.

Uganda Golf Course newly recruited greens-keeper, George Olayo targets a great tournament.

“I want to win on home soil. I do not think, there will be any pressure upon me, I will play it cool,” Olayo, who also won the open as an amateur back in 2008 told Kawowo Sports.

Dennis Anguyo prepares himself for a putting shot

Debutants Ronald ‘Ronnie King’ Bukenya, Gideon Kagyenzi, Happy Robert, Lawrence Muhenda, Hussein Bagalana, Gerald Kabuye, Robert Oluba joined the season crop of the Onito twin brothers Grace Silver and Emmanuel Opio, Godfrey Mande Rugira,

Saidi Mawa, Phillip Kasozi, Brian Mwesigwa, Ian Odokonyero, Dennis Anguyo, 2014 Uganda Open pro winner Vincent Byamukama and the Uganda Golf national team head coach, Amos Frederick Kamya.

“I am only targeting to make the cut,” Lugazi based Bukenya, who plays at Mehta Golf Club speaks of his target on the debut appearance as a professional.

The main pro open winner last year was a guest player – Ronald Otile, an amateur but was not obliged to take the prize money.

So, the biggest portion of the prize money went to Zambia’s Madalisto Muthaya who is back this time round to defend the title.

“Defending champions are in a way under pressure but personally, I am not,” Madalisto, a Sunshine Tour golfer says.

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

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