Golf

Happy confident of Venus Open defence

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By ANDREW MWANGUHYA

Posted  Saturday, February 22  2014 at  02:00

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Tooro Golf Club captain Tonny Othieno has, meanwhile, allayed fears that the nine-hole course could be unplayable because of the hot conditions in Fort Portal.

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Reigning Venus Open champion Robert Happy is dismissing chances of 2013 Uganda Open winner Peter Ssendawula and Uspa Golfer Of The Year Willy Deus Kitata wresting the Tooro gong from him.

Happy is instead wary of locals Ronald Rugumayo and Dan Baguma, who he claims can handle playing in dry conditions, when the one-day tournament tees off at the par-70 nine-hole Tooro Golf Club course today.

“Since it’s a dry season it won’t be easy,” admitted Happy. “But I have been practicing at Kilembe (Mines Golf Club) and you know it is always hot here. I also practiced at the Tooro course last Saturday. “But Tooro boys are not used to dry surfaces. I’ve played on the Tooro course before and I’ve played against the home boys before, so I’m confident.”

Asked whether his title defence faced any serious threat from Ssendawula and Kitata, Robert was rather dismissive. “Those ones (Ssendawula and Kitata) normally don’t do well in Tooro,” he said, adding rather bullishly, “They only play their golf in Entebbe. “But if there is anyone to challenge for the title, it is Rugumayo and Baguma.

Speaking to Rugumayo, he sounded more worried by the dry surfaces than winning his maiden Venus Open; his best ever finish in this event being third behind current champion Happy and eventual 2012 winner Titus Okwong.

“The course is dry and it will give us hard time,” said Rugumayo, who had a rather quiet turn out last year. “The greens are dry and it’s hard to calculate the pace of the ball. But I will do my best.”

amwanguhya@ug.nationmedia.com