Eva Magala Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

2017 Uganda Ladies Golf Open

  • Official practice round: Wednesday, 6th September 2017
  • Tee off: Thursday, 7th September 2017
  • Format of play: Stroke (54 Holes)
  • Venue: Uganda Golf Club, Kampala
[/media-credit] Eva Magala in one of the Ugandan Ladies to compete at the Open Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

As the 2017 Uganda Ladies Golf Open draws closer, more players both local and foreign based have continued to confirm participation.

In the same vein, more partners and sponsors have freely expressed interest to be part of the tournament that has grown from one dimension to another.

This was revealed during the final press conference held at the Uganda Golf Club in Kampala on Tuesday.

Addressing the journalists, Dr. Katty Kabenge, the acting Uganda Ladies Golf Union president, noted that they expect a strong field of golfers locally and from the other countries.

Kabenge noted that they anticipate a competitive tournament owing to the wide range of players ready to play in the tournament.

Flanked by the tournament director Innocent Kihika, Uganda Golf Union President Johnson Omollo and the other sponsors’ representatives, Kabenge said;

We anticipate a competitive field because there are so many golfers from within the country and elsewhere.

Foreign Legion

Tanzania will send in a lion’s share of players (20), Nigeria (10), Kenya (5), Rwanda (3), Burundi (2) and one from Zimbabwe.

The East Africa region’s cream de la cream lady golfers as Angel Eaton (H/C 05), Iddi Madina Hussein (H/C 03), Hawa Wanyenche (H/C 05), Ayne Magombe (H/C 06), Vicky Elias (H/C 07), all from Tanzania arrive on Wednesday morning.

Zimbabwean Loice Chingono (H/C 07) as well as Kenyans Agnes Nyakio (H/C 04) and Nyachama Mercy (H/C 04) will also grace the three-day tournament where at least 80 lady golfers have duly confirmed.

Irene Nakalembe, who has for a long time played in the shadows of Flavia Namakula at the Uganda Ladies Golf championship has her best chance to win the prestigious tournament.

Now that Namakula turned professional, the onus and zeal is upon Nakalembe to live to the billing as this year’s Uganda ladies open gets underway on the 7th September 2017.

Nakalembe, a handicap 5 golfer will line up alongside Eva Magala, Harriet Kitaka, Bridget Nakamoga, Resty Nalutaaya and other promising young Ugandan lady golfers.

The ladies open will officially see off the series of the 75th edition of the annual event.

This will be followed by the amateurs championship, Pro Arm and the professionals tourney.

The tournament director Kihika expects a great tourney;

The preparations for a successful tournament have been effected. Staff of Uganda Golf Club have been working on the course to make it ready for the tournament.

The technical teams are already in place and working on the technical aspects of the game like conditions of play.

So generally, I would say we are almost ready for the tournament.

Along with the prime sponsors, the Uganda Golf Union also announced new partners UAP, NTV, Case Medicare, Isuzu and Capital F.M that had come on board to boost the preparations and make contribution towards the upcoming Open.

The ladies open was won by Namakula last year.

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

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