Squeaky bum time as the 2017 Uganda Golf Open curtains fall

75th Uganda Golf Amateur Open Championship

  • Day 4 and climax: Saturday
  • At the Uganda Golf Course, Kampala
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Day three best gross player Ronald Rugumayo tees off. He is among the 4 players in the 1st pressure group

It remains a very close contest as the 2017 Uganda Golf Amateur championship comes to an end at the Par 72 Uganda Golf Club on Saturday evening.

Right from day one, the winner for this championship is still unpredictable.

Each match day, there has been a different winner.

Defending champion Ronald Otile took day one with a level par 72 gross.

He was dislodged on day two by UPDF golfer Richard Baguma as the leader board took a new twist.

On Day three, Ronald Rugumayo had a phenomenal 4 under par  69 to take joint leadership at the open as Otile bounced back into contention.

Coming to the final day, Rugumayo jointly leads with 5 other golfers Samuel Njoroge, Roddell Gaita, Daniel Baguma and Otile on 277 over 54 holes.

Apparently, Rugumayo, Njoroge, Gaita and Otile are the first pressure group that tees off at 12:30 p.m on Saturday amidst a big expected gallery.

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Richard Baguma day two leader at the 2017 Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Amateurs championship. He is in the second pressure group

The top five golfers carry just a one stroke lead ahead of three others Herman Deco Mutebi, Richard Baguma and Dennis Asaba.

Rwanda’s Alloys Nsabimana and Abraham Ainamani complete the top 10 places with 229 and 230 total gross (in 54 days) respectively.

Over 200 amateur golfers are taking part of the 75th edition whose winner automatically earns the rights to qualify for the paid ranks.

The subsidiary group will also conclude on Saturday alongside the main event.

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Rodell Gaita reacts after a shot on day two

There will be a colourful prize giving and merry making held on Saturday evening to crown the 4 day grueling championship.

The open has attracted a lion’s share of golfers from Uganda. Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and Ethiopia are the other countries that brought in golfers.

The amateurs will be followed by the Pro Am and Professionals at the apex of the month.

Day 3 Leaderboard:

  • T1 – Ronald Rugumayo (Uganda ) – 277 Gross
  • Samuel Njoroge (Kenya) – 277 Gross
  • Roddell Gaita (Uganda) – 277 Gross
  • Daniel Baguma (Uganda) – 277 Gross
  • Ronald Otile (Uganda) – 277 Gross
  • T6 – Herman Deco Mutebi (Uganda) – 228 Gross
  • Richard Baguma (Uganda) – 228 Gross
  • Dennis Asaba (Uganda) – 228 Gross
  • 9 – Alloys Nsabimana (Rwanda) – 229 Gross
  • 10 – Abraham Ainamani (Uganda) – 230 Gross

Day 2 Leaderboard

  • 1 – Richard Baguma (Uganda) – 147 Gross
  • 2 – Daniel Baguma (Uganda) – 149 Gross
  • 3 – Dennis Asaba (Uganda) – 150 Gross
  • 4 – Ronald Otile (Uganda) – 151 Gross
  • T5 – Herman Deco Mutebi (Uganda) – 152 Gross
  • Joseph Mawejje (Uganda) – 152 Gross
  • Ismail Mahmood (Uganda) – 152 Gross
  • T8 – Andrew Chelogoi (Kenya) – 153 Gross
  • Paul Muchangi (Kenya) – 153 Gross
  • Alloys Nsabimana (Rwanda) – 153 Gross

Day 1 Scores (Top 10)

  • 1 – Ronald Otile (Uganda) – 72 Gross
  • T2 – Richard Baguma (Uganda) – 74 Gross
  • Ashvin Kananathan (Uganda) – 74 Gross
  • Dennis Asaba (Uganda) – 74 Gross
  • Ismail Mahmood (Uganda) – 74 Gross
  • David Kamulindwa (Uganda) – 74 Gross
  • T7 – Dennis Saikwa (Kenya) – 75 Gross
  • Adolf Muhumuza (Uganda) – 75 Gross
  • Daniel Baguma (Uganda) – 75 Gross
  • Joseph Mawejje (Uganda) – 75 Gross
  • Abraham Ainamani (Uganda) – 75 Gross