Uganda National team Golf Captain Becca Mwanja Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

2017 Uganda Golf Open Series

  • 7th -9th September – Uganda Ladies Open
  • 13th – 16th September – 75th Uganda Amateurs Open
  • 25th September – Pro Arm
  • 27th – 30th September 2017 – Professionals
  • At Uganda Golf Club, Kampala
[/media-credit] Uganda National team Golf Captain Becca Mwanja prepares to tee off during the national team trials at Entebbe Golf Club Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The 75th Uganda Golf Open will tee off in a month’s time at the Uganda Golf Club, popularly known as ‘Kitante’.

Over 500 golfers will take part in the prestigious event and Uganda Golf national team captain, Becca Mwanja eyes the winning the tournament that has eluded him.

“This is one tournament that I have always worked for in life. I have all along prepared well and I belief this is the time,” Mwanja.

Home course advantage

Mwanja, a member at the Uganda Golf Club underlines the significance of the local knowledge about the home course.

Definitely, I have a slight advantage when it comes playing at the Uganda Golf Club.

I always practice here and I am well versed with the course.

Fine, some of the national team players have been practicing on the same course, but I have lived here for a long time

Mwanja will face stiff competition from the defending champion, Ronald Otile, Toro club based golfers Adolf Muhumuza, Ronald Rugumayo, Entebbe’s Herman ‘Deco’ Mutebi, Martin Ochaya, Jinja’s Muhammod Ismail, Grace Kasango and a string of other golfers.

[/media-credit] Team Uganda Captain Becca Mwanja places his titlist model ball shortly before tee off for the final round of the qualifiers prior to the Victoria cup in Entebbe Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Like the rest of the other national team players, Mwanja will use the forth coming East Africa Challenge tournament in Dar es Salaam as a perfect rehearsal ahead of the Uganda Open.

Yes. The East African Challenge in Dar will be a competitive tournament to help me perfect all the aspects of my game. From the swing, approach and putting.

I think this year’s Open will be won by that player with a strong physical and mental prowess to last over the 4 days and I am up there

The tournament will be played in series starting with the ladies open from 7th to 10th September over 54 holes.

This will be followed by the 75th edition of the amateurs’ championship where legendary golfer Sadi Onito (RIP) has won a record 12 titles. Amateurs’ event will take place from 13th to 16th September.

The last two items on the enticing menu will be the Pro Arm on the 25th September before the professionals event that will tee off on 27th and run to the 30th September 2017.

[/media-credit] Becca Mwanja during the interview with Kawowo Sports at Uganda Golf Club Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Last year’s amateur winner Otile (now on studies in South Africa) and pro champion Joshua Seale have both confirmed their return to defend the titles.

There will surely be a new lady winner because the reigning champion, Flavia Namakula had since turned pro.

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

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