KAMPALA-Mehta Golf Club dominated the Uganda Golf Union (UGU) Junior Open as their own teenagers Rogers Eyoyo and Winnie Massete claimed titles yesterday.
Scratch player Eyoyo was a class apart as he carded a level-par round of 72 to leave the 100-man field in his wake at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort in Kigo.
The 16-year-old fired seven birdies on Hole No.1, 2, 6, 14, 15, 16 and 17 but were canceled out by bogeys on Holes No.3, 4, 5 and 8.
“We are very happy,” Eyoyo’s coach Ronnie ‘King’ Bukenya said on Tuesday.
The Equator College School student had a vindication of Mehta Club’s thorough work with teenage golfers. “The youngsters’ game has improved a lot,” said Bukenya. His quartet of handicap zero players including Eyoyo, Godfrey Nsubuga, Reagan Akena and Joseph Kanonera made the top 10.
Massete, playing off handicap 36, beat the girls to win the ladies’ title with a score of 93 nett on count-back and Florence Acio, playing off handicap 34, came second with 93 nett.
“The players now have the winning spirit and confidence. I hope to bring the boys back for the Amateur Open next month and the big names there better watch out,” Bukenya warned.
Uganda Golf Junior Development head Oscar Semawere was thrilled with the improved skills among the players.
“Very good,” he said, “And very good discipline at that. 140 juniors playing 18 holes is good. The best 10 boys and five girls will move to the junior teams,” added Semawere.
BOYS - TOP FIVE
Rogers Eyoyo 72 nett (c/b)
Amon Bwambale 72
Godfrey Nsubuga 73
Reagan Akena 75
Hassan Agotre 78
GIRLS - TOP FIVE
Winnie Massete 93 nett (c/b)
Florence Acio 93
Fistra Birabwa 100 (c/b)
Victoria Ngabire 100
Milly Nambooze 107
2019 Uganda Open notebook
Hosts: Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa, Kigo
Dates: Aug. 26 - September 14
Flagship Sponsor: Castle Lite
Sponsors: Absa, UTB, Pepsi, Minet, Isuzu, Lake Victoria Serena, Britam, NTV, Timecorp, Liquid Telecom
Tournament Director: John Katto