Stephen Ferreira putts to 2017 Uganda Golf Pro Open glory

[/media-credit] Zimbabwe based Portuguese Professional golfer Stephen Ferreira finished with 7-Under 281 to win the 2017 Uganda Golf Pro Open in Kampala

Zimbabwe based Portuguese Professional golfer Stephen Ferreira won the 2017 Uganda Pro Open at the Uganda Golf Club in Kampala on Saturday.

The Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club member cruised to victory with a 7 under total score of 281 gross over 72 holes played in 4 days to lead by 3 strokes over the 4 time open champion Dismas Ndiza from Kenya.

Ferreira shot level par on the opening day, three strokes less of the joint leaders Ndiza and Deo Akope.

He improved by a stroke on day two and was phenomenal on the third day with 6-under 66, the best score in the entire tournament.

On the final day, the calm golfer who amassed an average of 6 birdies per day returned to the anxious club house level par score to claim the biggest share on the prize money.

The game went pretty well… I have been playing nicely the last couple of days; just playing putt and drop. In this tournament, I dropped very well and it was the main difference.

Long hitting Dismas Ndiza of Mumias Sugar Golf Club finished second

Playing in his 14th tournament of the year, Ferreira registered the best victory since turning professional 6 years ago.

For the 7th time in 2017, Ferreira made the cut to smile home with hard toiled cash amounting to at least Shs31M and a glittering trophy.

Brian Mwesigwa was the best Ugandan, finishing level par with 284 gross, behind Ndiza and the overall winner.

[/media-credit] Brian Mwesigwa follows the ball during the final day.

Another Ugandan Fred Wanzala and Kenya’s David Wakhu tied in 4th place.

[/media-credit] Serena Golf Club Pro Fred Wanzala was joint 4th

Akope and defending champion Joshua Seale from South Africa were joint 6th with each tallying 290 gross (2 over).

[/media-credit] Uganda Professional Golfers Association President Deo Akope during day 4 action

The Kenyan trio of Anil Shah, Simon Ngige and Rizwan Charania as well as Zimbabwe’s Charamba Tongoona each shot 6-over 293 to complete the top 11 positions.

A total of 42 golfers made the much treasured cut to partake on the share of the Shs110M sponsors kitty.

[/media-credit] David Wakhu after tee-off on the final day. He scored 74, 71, 75 and 69 on the different days to take joint 4th alongside Fred Wanzala

 

[/media-credit] Former Kenya national team head coach Anil Shah finished a respectable joint 8th with 4-over 292

 

[/media-credit] Last year’s winner Joshua Seale putts on the final day of the 2017 Uganda Pro Open as Wanzala follows suit. Seale was 2 over with 290

The Uganda Pro Open is arguably the most lucrative and prestigious golfing showpiece in Uganda, attracting the finest golfers from the country, region and continent.

Final Standings

1 – Stephen Ferreira (Portugal) 72, 71, 66, 72 (281) -7

2 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenya)  69, 71, 75, 69 (284) -4

3 – Brian Mwesigwa (Uganda)  71, 73, 71, 73 (288) 0

T4 – David Wakhu (Kenya) 74, 71, 75, 69 (289) +1

Fred Wanzala (Uganda) 75, 71, 72, 71 (289) +1

T6 – Deo Akope (Uganda) 69, 77, 73, 71 (290) +2

Joshua Seale (South Africa) 76, 73, 69, 72 (290) +2

8 – Anil Shah (Kenya) 74, 70, 74, 74 (292) +4

T9 – Simon Ngige (Kenya) 74, 74, 73, 72 (293) +5

Rizwan Charania (Kenya) 74, 75, 71, 73 (293) +5

Charamba Tongoona (Zimbabwe) 75, 70, 73, 75 (293) +5

T12- Giddie Ganeev Singh (Kenya) 72, 77, 76, 69 (294) +6

Phillip Kasozi (Uganda) 71, 79, 73, 73 (294) +6

Herman Mutawe (Uganda) 73, 76, 71, 74 (294) +6

T15 – Saidi Mawa (Uganda) 80, 72, 71, 72 (295) +7

Aaron Simfukwe (Zambia) 74, 71, 76, 74 (295) +7

T17 – Andersen Stefan Engell (Kenya) 74, 79, 72, 71 (296) +8

Brian Njoroge (Kenya) 73, 77, 69, 77 (296) +8

T19 – Vincent Byamukama (Uganda) 76, 73, 77, 72 (300) +12

Nelson Simbwa (Kenya) 74, 77, 72, 77 (300) +12

T21 – Jimmy Mollel (Kenya) 79, 74, 74, 74 (301) +13

Peter Sendaula (Uganda) 74, 75, 77, 75 (301) +13

David Opati (Kenya) 75, 77, 72, 77 (301) +13

T24 – Brian Toolit (Uganda) 79, 74, 76, 73 (302) +14

Emmanuel Opio Onito (Uganda) 76, 77, 75, 74 (301) +14

Denis Anguyo (Uganda) 77, 76, 74, 75 (302) +14

Tonny Omuli (Kenya) 78, 75, 72, 73 (302) +14

Samuel Njoroge (Kenya) 76, 73, 76, 77 (302) +14

Erick Ooko (Kenya) 76, 74, 74, 78 (302) +14

T30 – Sullivan Muthugia (Kenya) 75, 77, 74, 77 (303) +15

Kopan Timbe (Kenya) 75, 74, 76, 78 (303) +15

T32 – Matthew Omondi (Kenya) 75, 72, 81, 76 (304) +16

Mandu Mohammad (Kenya) 73, 80, 74, 77 (304) +16

John Wangai (Kenya) 76, 74, 75, 79 (304) +16

T35 – Robinson Owiti (Kenya) 74, 79, 79, 73 (305) +17

Jeff Kubwa (Kenya) 76, 77, 76, 76 (305) +17

T37 – Gerald Kabuye (Uganda) 78, 75, 75, 78 (306) +18

Jules Dusabe (Rwanda) 79, 74, 74, 79 (306) +18

39 – George Olayo (Uganda) 76, 77, 77, 77 (307) +19

40 – Gideon Kagyenzi (Uganda) 75, 78, 78, 79 (310) +22

41 – Grace Ocici Onito (Uganda) 73, 78, 79, 83 (332) +24

42- Nelson Mudanyi (Kenya) 77, 74, 83, 82 (336) +28

Cast of winners:

2017 – Stephen Ferriera (Portugal)

2016 – Joshua Seale (South Africa)

2015 – Muthiya Madalitso (Zambia)

2014 – Deo Akope (Uganda)

2013 – Vicent Byamukama (Uganda)

2012 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenya)

2011 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenya)

2010 – Jean Baptiste Hakizimana (Rwanda)

2009 –Richard Ainley (Kenya)

2008 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenya)

2007 – Dismas Ndiza (Kenya)

2006 – Deo Akope (Uganda)

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