Season three of the Singleton Golf challenge will climax at Entebbe Golf Club Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

2018 Singleton Match Play Golf Challenge (Quarter final results):

  • Irene Nakalembe & Eva Magala 2/1 Charles Mwesigwa & E. Katwebaze
  • Joseph Mawejje & Charles Mubiru 6/5 Vincent Asiimwe & Francis Otim
  • Sheila Kesiime & Peace Kabasweka 4/3 Ronnie Kasirye & Robert Busingye
  • Paul Kaheru & Joseph Bagabo 2/1 Allan Muhereza & Michael Tumusiime

Professionals:

  • Ronald Bukenya 7/6 Deo Akope
  • Silver Opio 4/2 Flavia Namakula
  • Herman Mutawe 2/1 Brian Toolit
  • Saidi Mawa 4/3 Fred Wanzala
[/media-credit] The pairs of golfers who will play at the semi final stage of the 2018 Singleton Golf Challenge in June 2018 at Entebbe Golf Club Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The quarterfinal round for the 2018 Singleton Golf Challenge was successfully held on Saturday, 12th May, at the par 71 lake side Entebbe Golf Club.

Out of the eight pairs in the amateur category, definitely four qualified for the semi-final showdown that will take place in June at the same venue.

The all-conquering female pairs of Irene Nakalembe and Eva Magala as well as  Sheila Kesiime playing with Peace Kabasweka maintained their amazing run at the championship played on match play.

Nakalembe and Magala won 2/1 against Charles Mwesigwa and E. Katwebaze.

Born and bred in Entebbe, Nakalembe lauded the opposition for the true sportsmanship exhibited throughout the day long event and hinted on the local knowledge of the home course for some slight advantage;

We had a great round of golf with my co-player Magala. At some stage, home advantage was erased but it counted like on hole 12. The opponents also had a great show and showed great fighting spirit. We are now looking forward a successful next outing in the semi-finals.

[/media-credit] Singleton Golf action during round five (quarter finals) at Entebbe Golf Club Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

In the same vein, Kesiime combined forces with Kabasweka to topple Ronnie Kasirye and Robert Busingye with three holes left, winning 4/3.

Kampala club member Joseph Mawejje and Charles Mubiru humbled Vincent Assimwe and Francis Otim 6/5 whilst Paul Kaheru playing with Uganda Golf Club captain Joseph Bagabo smiled 2/1 over Allan Muhereza and Michael Tumusiime.

In the professional ranks, Ronald “Ronnie King” Bukenya humiliated Deo Akope 7/6, Silver Opio overcame the only female active professional currently in Uganda, Flavia Namakula 4/2.

Meanwhile, Herman Mutawe edged Brian Toolit on the 17th hole and Saidi Mawa was 4/3 up against Serena Golf club pro, Fred Wanzala.

[/media-credit] The best dressed at the Singleton rounds are always recognized and rewarded Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Magala and Nakalembe will face Kaheru with Bagabo in the semi-finals as Kesiime and Kabasweka will come face to face against Mawejje and Mubiru.

In the subsidiary event, handicap two golfer John Basabose returned 19 and 20 points on the first and back nine course respectively to total 39 points as he won group A.

Herman Deco Mutebi, playing off handicap one scored 19 and 18 to amass 37 points and finish as runners up.

Patrick Mugisha, handicap 3 scored 15 and 21 points to finish with 36 points and take the second runners up slot.

Gloria Mbaguta played 34 points to win the ladies group A as Maureen Okura smiled on top of the ladies group B with 36 points.

Guests were treated to a sumptuous merry making time at the 19th hole where the prize giving ceremony was held.

Fast rising musician Shafik Walukagga a.k.a Fik Fameika of the “Gwe Abisobola” fame treated the guests and players to amazing entertainment as they enjoyed the theme night of “A night in Vegas” till the wee hours of Sunday morning.

[/media-credit] Shafik “Fik Fameica” Walukagga thrilled the golfers and guests with his latest gigs Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

This season’s grand prize for the winning pair is fully paid trip to Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship come November 2018.

Annette Nakiyaga, UBL’s Head of Whisky Portfolio, saluted the amazing turn up of players who granted the quarter-final showdown a worthy event. She vowed to spice up the subsequent two rounds.

 The Singleton Golf Challenge journey has so far been so good with the shocks here and there which make the game interesting. We promise to continue organizing the best events till the finals.

Just like from the earlier rounds played, the 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport remains unclaimed because no golfer has managed to play a hole in one.

This vehicle comes fully insured by AfrisafeRisk, who have been key partners in this championship alongside Ekspreso (providers of refreshments at the halfway house), DStv and Rwandair.

The winning pair will head to World Golf Tour Championships at the luxurious Jumeriah Golf Estates in Dubai, UAE from November 15-18.

Meanwhile, the professionals’ total kitty is Shs 15M.

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

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