KAMPALA- For the second time in the recent history of Ugandan golf, caddies will participate in a category of their own under this year’s Lady Captain’s Prize.
The novelty has been introduced to spice up the 2014 edition that tees off at Uganda Golf Club, Kitante on March 15.
Aside their usual Monday competitions, the last time caddies took to the course in a competitive environment was during the 60th Uganda Ladies Amateur Golf Open in Entebbe last October.
Resty Nalutaya won that caddies’subsidiary category with 223 gross after 36 holes of play. Caddies will, this time round, lock horns five days earlier, with the tournament being played under the medal format.
Outgoing Lady Captain Aggie Asiimwe Konde is expecting a classy field.
“This is the biggest tournament of the first quarter of the season and naturally everyone will try to win it,” said Konde, whose term as Lady Captain will end after the tournament. “I expect a quality field.”
Alongside the trophy for the overall winner will be prizes for the best men and women in groups A, B and C. The defending champion is Kate Kabenge. Playing off handicap 11 then, Kabenge shot 66 nett to leave an unusually large field of 205 golfers in her wake with the closest challengers left-hander Gloria Mbaguta (Group A winner) and Anne Abeja Muhwezi (Group B winner) finishing four strokes off the pace on 70 nett.
Similarly the longest drive, the nearest to the pin, guest winner, guest runner up and gross winner for men and women will be awarded.
NTV Uganda and Sure Telecom are the lead sponsors with contributions of Shs20m and Shs15m respectively.