Observers praying for perfect weather as amateurs tee off

Wednesday September 4 2019

Action. Castle Lite’s Phionah Sumata tees off

Action. Castle Lite’s Phionah Sumata tees off at yesterday’s launch. PHOTO: EDDIE CHICCO 

By MARK NAMANYA

As hundreds of Amateur golfers hit their drivers and delicately swung their putters in practice yesterday, officials at the 79th Castle Lite Uganda Golf Open are hoping that the skies do not open over the next four days.
Saturday’s final day of the Uganda Ladies Golf Open was affected by a huge downpour that nearly prompted play to be suspended. “We are praying for fantastic weather,” Uganda Golf Union President Innocent Kihika said at yesterday’s official tee-off.
“More than 269 players have registered and being a world amateur golf ranking tournament, we can only wish for the best playing conditions come tomorrow (today).” The rainy season appears to have come at the worst possible time for the Open and the weather forecast for the week is expected to be cloudy.
The Amateur competition has attracted golfers from far-flung countries like China and Sweden. There are also representatives from Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, USA and Tanzania.
Course director Theodor Van Rooyen is upbeat going into today’s opening round.
“The diversity of players from around the world is what makes such a tournament attractive and as Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa, we have done a lot of preparations of make this worthwhile. May the best golfer win.”
Kihika added that for the next week’s Professionals Open, 126 had confirmed participation as of yesterday.
The Professionals, who will play for a kitty of $50,000, will see players from Kenya, Zimbabwe, France, India and South Africa rivalling the best golfers Uganda has to offer.

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