Irene Nakalembe
  • Entebbe Ladies Golf Open:
  • 2nd – 3rd March 2018
  • At Entebbe Golf Club
[/media-credit] Irene Nakalembe prepares to tee off during a previous edition Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Of late, it has been raining heavily in Entebbe Municipality and the surrounding districts.

Rains have adverse effects on the performance of golfers during play.

For many golfers, depending on the style and approach on the course, soaked up fair ways and greens negatively affect the roll and spin of the ball in action.

Whereas long hitters often prefer the wet course.

This weekend, golfers are expected to be treated to wet conditions as the famous Entebbe Ladies championship tees off at the par 71 historical lake side golf course.

The eighth edition of this championship will tee off on Friday, 2nd March 2018 and climax on the subsequent day.

For three time winner, Irene Nakalembe, a born and bred product from the same course, only harsh weather might deny her another podium appearance lest the championship.

For starters, Nakalembe has been winning the Entebbe Ladies championship in succession since 2015.

[/media-credit] Irene Nakalembe being crowned champion at the 19th hole after winning her third Entebbe Ladies Golf title in 2017 Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

But, rains aside, Nakalembe and the rest of the 90 plus strong field will also need to negotiate the strong lake winds at the Entebbe course if decent  results are to be recorded by the close of business for the 36 holes action over two days.

The tournament was officially launched on Tuesday with a Shs.20M package from the sponsors.

Entebbe Golf Club Chairman Dr. Twinemanzi, flanked by the Uganda Ladies Golf Union president Maxi Byenkya and Julian Sentamu (sponsors’ representative), confirmed that this annual golf tournament will be scheduled for the 2nd and 3rd March 2017 in Entebbe.

We are set for perhaps the most exciting tournament in recent history.

We are encouraged by the response from the golfers in neighbouring countries, they will add a significant level of competitiveness to the tournament

Sentamu noted;

Golf has given Castle Lite a perfect platform to be established and grow.

As a refreshingly extra cold brand, we offer golfers the perfect 19-hole experience. It’s this experience that we again promise to bring when the Entebbe Ladies Open tees off

Strong, competitive field

The locally based legion of golfers will be led by the lady of the moment – Nakalembe.

Martha Babirye, fresh from the Venus Open triumph in Fort Portal will be joined by Mellon Komugisha (Palm Valley) and a host of Entebbe Artisan golfers led by Resty Nalutaaya

[/media-credit] Angel Eaton from Tanzania is expected to grace the 8th edition of the Entebbe Ladies Open Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Expected foreign golfers

Tanzanians Angel Eaton, the reigning Uganda Ladies Open winner, Iddy Madina Hussein (winner of the 2013 edition) and Victoria ‘Vicky’ Elias are expected to grace the championship that will be played on gross format.

Aisha Duba and Mercy Nyanchama will lead the Kenyan contingent.

[/media-credit] A lady golfer reacts after a successful putt during a previous tournament Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Bee Hive Entebbe Course

On Saturday, it will be a mix for golfers as the 2018 Uganda Lady’s Captain prize tourney as well as the second round of the Windoek qualifiers will be played.

Add to the climax of the Entebbe Ladies Open, golfers and fans will be spoilt for choice.

[/media-credit] Many golfers will join the thick of action on Saturday at Entebbe Golf Club Credit: Kawowo Sports

Playing Format

The mode of play will be gross for the ladies with handicap category of 16 and below who, for the main event, will be playing 36 holes.

The mode of play for the subsidiary event (handicap 17 to 36) will be nett, over 18 holes.

The men will join the ladies on day two for the subsidiary event and will be playing off the ladies tee boxes as they have traditionally done so over the last six years to add fun and glamour to the game.

The expected field is likely to be in the region of 200 golfers.

Other Tournaments on Saturday, 3rd March (All at Entebbe Golf Club)

  • Uganda Ladies Golf Union Lady Captain’s Prize
  • Windhoek Lager Open Qualifiers

CAST OF FORMER WINNERS:

  • 2011 – Jasper Kamukama (Uganda)
  • 2012 – Flavia Namukula (Uganda)
  • 2013 – Iddi Madina (Tanzania)
  • 2014 – Monica Ntege (Uganda)
  • 2015 – Irene Nakalembe (Uganda)
  • 2016 – Irene Nakalembe (Uganda)
  • 2017 – Irene Nakalembe (Uganda)

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

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