Tanzanian golfer Eaton Angel proved her prowess as she sailed through to win the 2017 Tusker Malt Lager Uganda Open over the weekend.
With defending champion Flavia Namakula turning professional, Eaton showed intent right from the first day to claim the ladies’ crown wining it for the third time.
Facing stiff challenge from last year’s runner up Irene Nakalembe and Iddy Madina also from Tanzania, Eaton put up a resuscitated performance in final stages on day three to emerge champion.
Eaton returned a score of 235 gross (76, 81, 78) to win the Ladies Open after three days of a grueling challenge. She had 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.
Having been unable to keep up the pressure on day two, Kenya’s Agnes Nyakio had slipped into fifth place but was able to pull back and return a score of 239 (77, 82, 80) to end the Open in fourth position.
The 2017 tournament gave way to one of the future bright stars to come in Babirye Martha, who surprised many on her debut as she battled with experienced golfers and was able to maintain her position in the pressure group.
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
Subsidiaries – Men
GROUP A: Nick Snyman – 74 nett
GROUP B: Paul Baite – 68 nett
GROUP C: John Mwangi – 72 nett
Joweria Namanda (UGA) 212 nett