Ladies stun rivals to reach Singleton Challenge semis

Wednesday May 16 2018

Lady golfers Kesiime (L) and Kabasweka

Surprise package. Lady golfers Kesiime (L) and Kabasweka are the revelation pair this year. Photo: Eddie Chicco 



Irene Nakalembe & Evah Magala bt. Collins Mwesigwa & Eliaz Katwebaze 2/1
Joseph Mawejje & Charles Mubiru bt. Vincent Asiimwe & Francis Otim 6/5
Sheila Kesiime & Peace Kabasweka bt. Ronnie Kasirye & Robert Busingye 4/3
Paul Kaheru & Joseph Bagabo bt. Allan Muhereza & Micheal Tumusiime 2/1
I. Nakalembe & E. Magala vs. P. Kaheru & J. Bagabo
P. Kabasweka & S. Kesiime vs. J. Mawejje & C. Mubiru

KAMPALA. If there is anything to scribble in bold about the second edition of the Entebbe Singleton Match play Challenge, it is the lady participants.

Few would have imagined to see two female pairings - Peace Kabasweka and Sheila Kesiime as well as Irene Nakalembe and Eva Magala - make it to the semifinals of this exciting knockout competition on Saturday. For those that underestimated them, it was the case of a poisoned chalice. Nakalembe and Magala continued their run as they eliminated Collins Mwesigwa and Eliaz Katwebaze 2/1 (2-up with a hole to spare) at the par-71 course.

And little could stop them from dancing to Fik Fameika’s jams at the prize giving ceremony punctuated by evergreen comedian Patrick ‘Salvador’ Idringi and the Las Vegas theme.

“It was very tough,” Nakalembe stated. Indeed, they were 1-down on Hole No.10 but levelled on the 12th. The ladies then charged to go 2-up after No.15 but Katwebaze and Mwesigwa halved the deficit on No.16. On the par-4 No.17, Irene strolled to the fairways as Katwebaze and Mwesigwa headed to the bush on the right which eventually sorted the contest.

Kabasweka and Kesiime were even better on the day as they beat Ronnie Kasirye & Robert Busingye 4/3 on the green of par-3 No.16. Meanwhile, Allan Muhereza held the record for the only player to reach Singleton quarterfinals but him and partner Michael Tumusiime were beaten 2/1 by Paul Kaheru and Joseph Bagabo.

“Having such a statistic then you lose is the more painful thing,” Muhereza said. “But this is sport, they were better.”
But the biggest winners of the day were Joseph Mawejje and Charles Mubiru who whitewashed Vincent Asiimwe and Francis Otim 6/5.

The race for the coveted RwandAir tickets to the World Golf Tour Championships at the luxurious Jumeriah Golf Estates in Dubai, UAE from November 15-18 continues with the semifinals due on Heroes’ Day.