Playing golf at the lake side par 71 Entebbe Golf course is not only refreshing but also a lifetime feat achieved.
Golfers converge at this oldest golfing facility in East Africa that is decimated by trees and dog-legs as they drive off the tee-boxes, evade the numerous sand bunkers, chip to approach the greens and putt to glory.
Besides net-working, exercising, golfers often come for a round or two to compete and seldom, contribute towards a given social cause.
On the International Labour Day, a big field of close to 160 golfers converged in Entebbe for the Annual Rotary Golf fundraiser.
The day-long championship was organized by the Rotary Club of Kitante, meant to solicit funds (about $ 20,000) for fresh and clean water supply to the communities of Kamwkoya, a Kampala city suburb.
A total of 36 teams (each with 4 players) took part in the tourney whose mode of play was stable ford (full-handicap).
Hannington Mpiima, a top official in rotary club of Kitante lauded all the golfers and partners for the positive worthwhile cause.
“I am happy for the partners and all golfers who joined hands in this fundraiser. We hit our intended target. This will be an annual championship on Labour Day every year.” Mpiima disclosed during the 19th hole experience at the merry making and prize giving ceremony.
Jim Muhwezi, a member of Uganda Golf Club in Kampala was excited upon to return to the Entebbe course for a round of golf, on a good cause.
“I had taken time to play golf in Entebbe. The fundraising drive was a good social cause and I had to take part” Muhwezi stated.
Team Kabalaza won the overall prize in the teams’ category with 114 points fetched.
The Kabalaza team had the likes of Peter Apell, Elton Tembo, Andrew Baguma and Joseph Galiwango.
The runners up were Emmanuel Medical Team with 109 points, winning on countback ahead of Master Power.
Emmanuel Medical Center was constituted of Patrick Ndasa, Ashiraf Bagalana, Emmanuel Moko and Samuel Kato.
Master Power team had Yunus Bbaale, Allan Muhereza, John Muchiri and a lady, Irene Nakalembe.
Besides the overall trophy for each team, individual golfers got customized trophies as well.
Handicap 20 golfer Russel Knight emerged the overall men winner with 43 points.
Godlive Nayebare, handicap 30 championed all the ladies with 42 points.
Group top performers:
Handicap three golfer Christopher Baguma tallied 39 points to win group A men.
In group B, Muhammad Jezan (H/C 17) championed with 42 points.
Peter Kagumya was top of group C with 37 points playing off handicap 27,
Rita Apell (handicap 17) scored 38 points to take the group A top honours in the female gender.
Charity Atuhaire (handicap 34) was the best female golfer in group B with 39 points.
Side Bets: (Putting)
Patrick Mugisha was the best putter (golfer) and Andrew Ntegeka was the best putter (non-golfer).
The event will be held annually for different purposes.
Winning Team: Kabalaza – 114 Points
- Peter Apell – 40
- Elton Tembo – 38
- Andrew Baguma – 36
- Joseph Galiwango
1st Runners up team: Emmanuel Medical Center – 109 Points (Count-back)
- Patrick Ndasa – 37
- Ashiraf Bagalana – 36
- Emmanuel Moko – 36
- Samuel Kato
2nd Runners Up team: Master Power – 109 Points (Countback)
- Yunus Bbaale – 38
- Allan Muhereza – 37
- John Muchiri – 34
- Irene Nakalembe
- Men: Russel Knight H/C 20 – 43 Points
- Ladies: Godlive Nayebare H/C 30 – 42 Points
Group Top performers:
- Winner: Christopher Baguma H/C 3 – 39 Points
- Winner: Muhammad Jezan H/C 17 – 42 Points
- Winner: Peter Kagumya H/C 27- 37 Points
- Winner: Rita Apell H/C 17 – 38 Points
- Winner: Charity Atuhaire H/C 34 – 39 Points
Side Bets (Putting)
- Golfers: Patrick Mugisha
- Non-Golfer: Andrew Ntegeka