In his victory speech at the par-70 nine-hole Tooro Golf Club course on Saturday evening, Robert was bullishly Happy; understandably so.
Kilembe Mine’s Happy Robert, playing off handicap zero, had successfully defended his Venus Open title, putting up 68 to beat off Tooro Golf Club’s George Kituku in gross.
“My speech is very short,” said Happy, “I gave my speech in the Daily Monitor.” Happy had, in the build-up to the event, told Saturday Monitor
that 2013 Uganda Open winner Peter Ssendawula and Uspa Golfer Of The Year Willy Deus Kitata stood no chance of wresting the Tooro gong from him.
“Those ones (Ssendawula and Kitata) normally don’t do well in Tooro,” he said, adding rather bullishly, “They only play their golf in Entebbe.”
Little wonder the duo, earlier expected to compete, did not show up. Having done two over in the first nine holes, just like Kituku in his group, Happy played birdies on hole 10, 12, and 16 but his best came on the back nine where he played four under as he outlasted his challengers.
Kituku beat Adolf Muhumuza on the count-back to finish second.
Men (Group A)
Peter Obita – 69 (Kilembe Mines)
Chris Arinaitwe – 70 (Tooro Club)
Herbert Kaihura – 70 (Tooro Club)
Peter Robson - 72 – (Hiima)
Ladies (Group A)
Peace Kabasweka – 81 (Tooro Club)
Betty Kageye Keron – 83 (UGU, Kitante)
Group B: Dani Reno – 71 (Kilembe)