With the excitement of the defending champion Flavia Namakula, Tanzania’s Angel Eaton lifted the Tusker Lager Uganda Open Ladies 2017 for the third time.
It did not come easy as last year’s runner up Irene Nakalembe and Iddy Madina also from Tanzania, Eaton put up a fighting Spirit on day three to emerge champion.
Eaton walked away with a score of 235 gross (76, 81, 78) to emerge the Ladies Open Champion three days of hot days. Eaton previously won the 2012 and 2013 Uganda Ladies Open titles.
Uganda’s Irene Nakalembe who plays with the Entebbe Golf Club came in second with a gross of 237 (78, 80, 79).
In third place, was Iddy Madina also from Tanzania who had a score of 238 (77, 80, 81).
Iddy had gone into the final day of the Ladies Open as the leader but was unable to maintain her lead as Eaton and Nakalembe piled up the pressure to go on top.
Although she cracked under pressure, Babirye managed to finish in seventh position with a gross score of 243 (77, 81, 85).
Eaton indicated the challenge was tough from the chasing pack but stated she came ready and fully focused.
“This has been a tough competition for me and the challengers were even tougher. But I thank God for having been able to help me pull through and play well,” she said.
The Open had golfers from countries such as; Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania. 64 ladies played in this year’s open at the par-72 Kitante course.
Speaking during the prize giving ceremony, Mark Ocitti, the managing director of Uganda Breweries Limited, said: “We congratulate all the ladies that took part in this year’s Open and we would like to thank the Uganda Golf Union for having prepared and managed a successful Ladies tournament. As Uganda Breweries, we believe that Tusker Malt Lager embodies the spirit of the game of golf and we shall continue to support the sport.”
The 2017 Uganda Open will resume this week 13th September for the amateurs’ category before the professionals later on with all action coming at the Kitante Golf Course.
Angel Eaton (TAZ) 76 81 78 235
Irene Nakalembe (UGA) 78 80 79 237
Iddi Madina (TAZ) 77 80 81 238
Agnes Nyakio (KEN) 77 82 80 239
Meron Kyomugisha (UGA) 79 85 78 242
Hawa Wanyenche (TAZ) 90 76 77 243
Martha Babirye (UGA) 77 81 85 243
Eva Magala (UGA) 83 81 81 245
Gloria Mbaguta (UGA) 82 83 80 245
Mercy Nyanchama (KEN) 82 83 85 250