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2019 IBB Ladies Golf Championship

  • Winner: Eva Magala (Uganda) – 244 Gross
  • 1st Runners up: Rachael Danjuma (Nigeria) – 248 Gross
  • 2nd Runners up: Wilfred Amina (Nigeria) – 250 Gross

Uganda Ladies Golf Union President Eva Magala was a class act as she emerged winner of the 2019 IBB Ladies Golf Championship in Abuja, Nigeria beating 159 other golfers to the coveted prize.

The three-day gross championship was the 21stedition which teed off at the IBB International Golf and Country Club on Friday and ended on Sunday.

No fewer than 160 amateur lady golfers from seven countries, namely Sweden, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Botswana, Ghana and hosts Nigeria, started the tourney for top honours at the championship.

Only 45 lady golfers made the cut on Saturday after two days of play from Friday to qualify for Sunday’s final.

Magala played a gross of 244 over three days to emerge winner of the tournament for ladies in the handicap 0 to 28 category.

She was closely followed by Nigeria’s Rachael Danjuma who played a gross of 248, while compatriot Amina Wilfred finished third after playing a total gross score of 250.

 In the best nett category for ladies with handicap 0 to 28, Sheila Ebunilo playing off handicap 22 emerged champion.

Ebunilo played a gross of 289 and returned a nett of 223 over three days.

She was closely followed by Fatima Ahmadu who played a gross of 290 and returned a nett of 224, while Lizzy Asomugha finished in third place in the category.

In November 2018, Magala also claimed the Nigeria Ladies Open at the Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort in Uyo State, Nigeria.

As quoted by Nigerian news agency Van Guard – Nigeria, an overwhelmed Magala attributed the victory to maturity, making amends for earlier mistakes;

I tried the first time last year and was top of the leaderboard for two days consecutively, but unfortunately, I lost to Tanzania’s Angel Eaton in the final. This time around I decided to start slowly and see how I finish.  I really enjoyed my finishing. It was good. The tour this time around was about maturity, as I waited for my opponents and capitalised on their mistakes. In golf, everyone’s always trying to capitalise on your mistakes and the final day is a day for you to catch up and that was exactly the strategy I employed.

Eve Magala, winner of the 2019 IBB Ladies Golf Championship

The other Ugandans who took part in the championship were Irene Nakalembe, Evelyn Assimwe, Anne Abeja, Patricia Mbabazi (Swedish based) and Gloria Mbaguta.

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