Silver Opio believes he has enough in the tank to hold onto his one-shot lead and win the 11th Afrisafe Chairman’s Cup at Entebbe today.
The Entebbe professional is leading the race for the Shs10m kitty after he carded a round of one-under 71 at the country’s oldest course yesterday.
“It wasn’t bad,” Opio said yesterday. When the field of 22 players went to the course, Opio carded four birdies on Holes No.1, No.8, No.13 and No.18 but there were a few stains of double-bogey on Hole No.4 and a bogey on No.10.
To be honest, Opio is in some fine form. “My game is on,” he said, “But I need to improve on my mental aspect. It is the only thing bothering me. I am back to reading a few things which I try apply on the course.”
Bizarre final round
Opio could have won the JBG Open but he flattered to deceive with a bizarre final round of 82 to settle for joint-third in Entebbe early month.
Opio steadied his ship further with eighth place in a more difficult Entebbe Open early this month. He hopes to wrap up the Chairman’s Cup on a high.
“I just want to maintain a few things and will try improve,” he added. Opio’s immediate challenger is Herman Mutaawe who carded level-par 71.
Fred Wanzala, Emma Ogwang and Saidi Mawa are shot further behind tied in third on one-over 72.
Besides Afrisafe, Equity Bank, KIA motors, Castle Lite and Glenfiddich have bankrolled the event for outgoing Entebbe club chairman Tumubweine Twinemanzi.
A field of 180 players is expected to compete in the amateur category tomorrow where Christopher Sedaksi is the defending champion.