Ugandan women golfers expect to face stiff competition in the upcoming Ladies Open tournament which will start on 7th September in this year’s Tusker Malt Uganda Open.
The 75th edition of the annual Tusker Malt Uganda Open golf tournament is scheduled for the run until 30th September, and will be taking place at the Uganda Golf Club.
The women’s Open is expected to attract over 150 golfers from all over Africa, among others from Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Rwanda and Nigeria.
Uganda will be without last year’s winner, Flavia Namakula, who has turned pro. Uganda’s star players leading the charge will be Irene Nakalembe (H/C 5) who came second in last year’s tournament, Eva Magala (H/C 5) and Harriet Kitaka (H/C 7).
The women will be facing competition from some of the region’s finest players such as the Tanzanian team led by Angel Eaton (H/C 05), Madina Hussein (H/C 03), Hawa Wanyenche (H/C 05), Ayne Magombe (H/C 06), Vicky Elias (H/C 07).
One of Zimbabwe’s leading lady golfers, Loice Chingono (H/C 07), will also grace this year’s Tusker Malt Uganda Open.
Kenya will be well represented in the tournament with seasoned players such as; Nyakio Agnes (H/C 04) and Nyachama Mercy (H/C 04).
“We are in the advanced stages of our preparations. Staff of Uganda Golf Club have been working on the course to make it ready for the tournament. The technical teams are already in place and working on the technical aspects of the game like conditions of play. So generally I would say we are almost ready for the tournament,” said Maxi Byenkya, the president of the Uganda Ladies Golf Union.
The Uganda Golf Union also announced new sponsors that had come onboard to boost the preparations and make contribution towards the upcoming Open. Among them are UAP Old Mutual, NTV and Capital FM.
Tusker Malt Lager injected over UGX 500 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 UGX 230 million to UGX 250 million.
“Tusker Malt Lager is happy to be part of the 2017 Uganda Golf Open,” said Grace Namutebi, Uganda Breweries’ brand manager for Premium Beers. “We are working alongside the Uganda Golf Union to make sure everything is going as planned. We expect the players’ kits by end of next week. We are happy with the course maintenance and the weather is helping to keep it green. As Uganda Breweries we shall continue working with the Union to grow the sport.”