Clinical Martha Babirye grabs the day one bragging rights | 2018 Uganda Ladies Open

2018 Castle Lite Ladies Open Championship:

Opening Round:

Day Leader 1:

  • Martha Babirye (Uganda) – 76 Gross

Joint Runners up:

  • Ayne Magombe (Tanzania) – 77 Gross
  • Gloria Mbaguta (Uganda)  –  77 Gross
  • Irene Nakalembe (Uganda) – 77 Gross
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Martha Babirye watches her ball off the sand bunker. She is the day one leader of the 2018 Castle Lite Uganda Ladies Open

The hype, praise, pride, delight and pressure that comes with building up the lead, especially on the opening day of a golf championship is often received in equal measure.

Promising Ugandan teenage golfer Martha Babirye will for the next 48 hours experience the aforementioned scenarios during the on-going 2018 Castle Lite Uganda Ladies open championship at the lake side historic par 71 Entebbe Golf Club.

Playing off handicap 5, Babirye, a Uganda Golf Club member returned a 5 – over par course score of 76 gross to lead the pack that had 38 other players, a bulk of whom were Ugandans and ten registered as foreigners.

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Shebani Bhaskar was in group two with Martha Babirye and Regina Namata

“I played my game. I was never under any sort of pressure” Babirye, who teed off at 9:10 AM in the second group alongside Regina Namata and Indian player Shebani Bhaskar remarked.

On the opening front nine, she registered four birdies, coming on the third hole, the troublesome right dog legged 4th hole and 7th hole.

For the closing back nine, she birdied holes 11 and 18.

“I feel confident and it feels great starting day one on a strong footing ahead of the remaining two days to come” Babirye, who also played at the recently concluded All Africa Women Golf Championship in Ghana, added.

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Martha Babirye getting ready to tee off from the Johnstone Harry fairway Tee box at Entebbe Golf Club on Thursday

In fact, the day one leader would have bettered the final out-put had she improved the bogy and double bogy scores.

She recorded bogies on holes 1,2,5,9,16 and a double bogy on holes 8, 13, 14 and 15.

Three players Ayne Magombe (Tanzania), Gloria Mbaguta and Irene Nakalembe are jointly tied at second place with six – under par 77 gross scores.

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Tanzanian golfer Ayne Magombe
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Defending champion Angel Eaton played 8-over par 79 gross on day one

Kenya’s Mwongeli Nzioka and Hawa Wanyeche from Tanzania each scored 78 gross.

Defending champion Angel Howard Eaton, countrymate Vick Elias and Petra Nalwoga are trailing the leader by three strokes.

Jemima Nasimolo and Neema Olomi complete the top ten slots having scored 80 gross.

Regina Namata won the nearest to the pin contest as Tanzania’s Ayne Magombe was runner up.

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Irene Nakalembe scored 77 gross on day one

This is 68th edition of the Uganda Ladies Golf open proudly bankrolled by Nile Breweries under the brand Castle Lite.

Other co-sponsors include; CAA, Barclays Bank, Britam Insurance, CBA Uganda, Jumia Food, Ernst and Young, Pepsi, Nation Media Group and AAR Medical Services.

Day two of the tournament will include the silver lady players who are playing 36 holes before the subsidiary catergory (men) will join the frey on the final day (Saturday).

On day two, the pressure group of Nakalembe, Magombe and Babirye will tee off at 11:50 A.M.

The official prize giving ceremony will be held on Saturday evening.

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54 year old Catherine Pavie is a member attached to Jinja Golf Club. She is the oldest golfer among the gross players
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Entebbe born and bred Resty Nalutaaya struck a dismissal 91 gross on day one

2018 Castle Lite Uganda Ladies Open

Leaderboard after round one (Scores in gross):

  • Martha Babirye  76
  • Ayne Magombe   77
  • Gloria Mbaguta      77
  • Irene Nakalembe  77
  • Mwongeli Nzioka  78
  • Hawa Wanyeche   78
  • Angel Eaton           79
  • Petra Nalwoga       79
  • Vicky Elias             79
  • Jemima Nasimolo 80
  • Neema Olomi         80

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