Angel Eaton Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

2017 Uganda Ladies Golf Open

  • Overall Winner: Angel Eaton (Tanzania) – 235 Gross
  • Runners Up:   Irene Nakalembe (Uganda) – 237 Gross
  • 2nd Runners up: Iddy Madina (Tanzania) – 238 Gross
  • 3rd Runners up: Agnes Nyakio (Kenya) – 239 Gross
  • 4th Runners up: Meron Kyomugisha (Uganda) – Gross
[/media-credit] Angel Eaton swings during the final round of action during the 65th Tusker Malt Uganda Ladies Golf Open in Kampala Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Term it an Angelic performance on the golf course in Kampala. Yes, it was.

Tanzanian lady golfer held her nerves to win the 64th Uganda Ladies Golf Open championship at the par 72 Uganda Golf Club course after two year’s sabbatical.

The Dar es Salaam based golfer who plays at Lugalo Golf Club built onto an early lead from the opening day, withheld the pressure group tensions on day two and three before putting to glory, her third title in Uganda following successes in 2011 and 2012.

Eaton only resumed playing active golf in February after a maternity leave.

She amassed 235 (gross) across three days of grueling action over 54 holes.

On day one, she returned the best score of 76 gross. She had a dismal showing on the second day of action with 9-over par 81 before winding up with a 6 -over par 78 gross score.

Uganda’s Irene Nakalembe was two strokes shy of the overall winner to play the second fiddle role for the umpteenth time.

Iddy Madina from Tanzania finished third with 238 gross, one stroke better of Kenya’s Agnes Nyakio.

Another Ugandan, Meron Kyomugisha, a member at Palm Valley Course in Kakungulu finished fifth with 242 gross

Eaton was rewarded with a glittering trophy, a Mobile Phone courtesy of HTC and a golf bag.

Tanzania lady golfer Angel Eaton with her overall trophy Credit: Isaac Webber

Nakalembe, Nyakio, Kyomugisha and Madina also earned themselves trophies and golf bags.

In her victory speech, Eaton remarked;

The Championship has been one of my hardest but I thank God for the victory. I only resumed practicing in February after a two year leave from Golf.

The competition was really hard, it wasn’t easy, I couldn’t putt and I had challenges with the greens but I tried my best and thank God I have won.

I would like to thank my Caddie for standing with me. I felt a little bit of pressure but I managed to keep calm and when we reached number 17, I felt I was headed for victory.

Focus will turn to the 75th Men version version that tees off on Wednesday.

Tuesday is the official practice round for the men amateurs.

The 2017 Uganda Golf open series will wind up with the pro arm and professionals action at the end of the month.

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

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