KAMPALA- Martha Babirye warmed up for the forthcoming Uganda Ladies Golf Open by winning the Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Club (UGC) Ladies Open at Kitante at the weekend.
The twin overcame an overnight four-shot deficit to beat Day One leader Peace Kabasweka and win the second edition of the UGC Ladies Open with an aggregate score of 149 gross.
“I really want to thank God,” a happy Babirye told the gathering while reading her speech during the 19th hole prize giving ceremony on Saturday night.
The handicap four player carded four-over 75 and was behind Kabasweka and Eva Magala who had carded 74 after Day One at the par-72 course on Friday.
But the 2018 Uganda Open runner-up rose up in the pressure group involving the pair and Irene Nakalembe to emerge champion with a score of two-over 74.
“The people I played with made my day because they really gave me a good game,” said Babirye whose birdies on Holes No.5 and 8 were cancelled out by bogeys on Holes No. 6 and 11 as well as the double-bogey on par-4 Hole No.12.
The pressure was high but I had a very good caddie whose name I won’t say because the Ladies’ Open comes soon and I will need him,” she added after dancing to King Monada’s song Malwedhe at 9:09pm.
Kabasweka rued the greens as she finished a stroke behind Babirye in second place at the event bankrolled by Uganda Communications Commission, Case Medical Centre, Life Care, Kampala Casino, Ekspresso, Gofan and Wendy Wines.
“The greens challenged me a bit on Day Two and by the time I mastered the speed, it was too late,” said the Kabasweka.
The focus turns to the 69th Uganda Ladies Open which tees-off on Thursday at Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort in Kigo.