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Golf: Tanzania’s Eaton Angel Wins Uganda Ladies Open

Eaton Angel put up a hard fought battle to win her third Uganda Ladies Golf Open at the Kitante Golf Course.

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.

UBL Managing Director Mark Ocitti (right) hands over the trophy to Eaton Angel (C) with Uganda Ladies Golf Union president Maxi Byenkya

The 2017 Tusker Malt Uganda Ladies Open gave way to one of the future bright stars to come in Martha Babirye, 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).

Commenting on her win, Eaton Angel said; “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.”

Eaton Angel being congratulated by her team manager and fellow Tanzanians

The Tusker Malt Uganda 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 Tusker Malt Uganda Open will resume this week 13th September for the amateurs’ category at the Kitante Golf Course.

Tusker Malt Lager has injected over Shs500 million into this year’s tournament as assurance to show its support for the development of the game golf in Uganda. There has been an increase in the cash sponsorship from Shs230 million to Shs250 million.

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