Eaton grabs fourth major of season after Open win
Posted Monday, October 7 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- A bogey-par-birdie finish gave Tanzanian Angel Eaton her second successive Uganda Ladies Golf Open title in Entebbe on Saturday.
Eaton’s eight-stroke victory margin also sealed her fourth major championship of the season after wins at the Kenya Coast Open in Mombasa, Zimbabwe Amateur Strokeplay Championship in Harare and Morogoro Open in Tanzania.
After rounds of 79 and 76, the 23-year-old was in astounding form, carding three-over-par 74 in her final round for a closing aggregate of 229 to leave the Ugandan pair of Flavia Namakula and Eva Okatch Magala stranded in joint second with 237. Eaton was buoyed on by a fair gallery at the 18th green, shared hugs with her fellow Tanzanian brigade and another ‘special embrace’ with close pal Namakula.
“I am really lucky to win again,” said the hard-hitting handicap four golfer after receiving her two glittering trophies, flat television screen and GOTV decoder. “When I came to defend the title, I honestly didn’t know I could pull it off. I give praise to the lord because it is God that has won (trophy) it for me because it was my first time to play on this (Entebbe) tough course.” Eaton could not speak as much as she would have liked because emotions got the better of her.
“I cannot celebrate today. This is the anniversary eve of my father (Howard Lee Eaton)’s death. If I try to speak too much I will break down,” Eaton, christened Malaika by her fans, said while trying to hold back tears. Eaton’s revelation justified her dress code, hugely dominated by colour black, on the closing day. The message was clear - she was mourning her father.
Esther Okullo, the new president of Uganda Ladies Golf Union (ULGU), praised the high level of commitment exhibited by all the golfers in pulling off the tournament against all odds.
“We had five days to do this and we are equally delighted with our organisation. We also hope to organize more local competitions for our ladies and attract more sponsors,” she said.
Angel Eaton (TAN) 79 76 74 229
Flavia Namakula (UGA) 80 83 74 237
Eva Magala (UGA) 79 77 81 237
Irene Nakalembe (UGA) 79 82 78 239
Hawa Wanyeche (TAN) 82 85 78 243
Neema Olomi (TAN) 84 84 81 249
S. Reffenstein (TAN) 86 87 80 253
Monica Ntege (UGA) 78 88 88 254
Lorna Mwenda (ZAM) 87 79 90 256
Harriet Kitaka (UGA) 90 82 90 262
Day one winners
1st 18: Monica Ntege
2nd 18: Lorna Mwenda
3rd 18: Sophia Reffenstein
Mwila Mono 230 nett
Sheila Kesiime 233
Longest drive: Flavia Namakula
Nearest to the Pin: Harriet Kitaka
Bronze winners - Gross
Peace Kabaweka 188
Grace Kabonero 198
Podi Kasami 150
Maureen Okura 156