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Three-way battle for Uganda golf’s top prize

FINAL DAY: An all Kenyan pressure group heading to the final holes on the final day in 2019. Today’s final day is expected to produce much more fireworks. FILE PHOTO LOUIS JADWONG

Uganda Amateur Open Golf Championships 2022

 ✳️ Sept 19-22

💠 LEADERBOARD ➡🏌️‍♂️
1⃣ A Ssekibejja 71,76, 75 | 222 🇺🇬
2⃣ M Tumusiime 72,73, 80 | 225 🇺🇬
3⃣ J Cwinya-ai 80,69, 78 | 227 🇺🇬
4⃣ G Nsubuga 75,77, 76 | 228 🇺🇬
5⃣ J Kasozi 78,73, 81 | 232 🇺🇬

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Kigo, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG & PHILLIP CORRY  |  It is frequently rumored in the corridors of leading Ugandan golf clubs that, “the day one leader never wins the title.”

The Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa course and club is no exception, and the rumour was alive and well, until yesterday when day one leader Andrew Ssekibejja placed himself in a position ‘to do the unthinkable.’

Ssekibejja is on his home course, and his 75 strokes after round-3 Friday put him back into the lead, 48 hours after he set the pace at the 81st Uganda Amateur Open.

The three strokes lead he has over the chasing pack makes Ssekibejja favourite to break the ‘day one leader jinx’ that showed its ugly face when Lake Victoria Serena last hosted the Open.

Ssekibejja has led for two of the first three days. Will he break the Day 1 leader jinx? 📷 @Kujooga

In 2019, Simon Njogu Muthoni led day one, but it was his fellow countryman Daniel Nduva who clinched the title by one stroke (286). Nduva also helped break a Kenyan jinx at the Open, as the last person from Nairobi to have won, was Nicholas Rokoine from Muthaiga Golf Club way back in 2007.

The two players Ssekibejja will have to watch out for is day 2 leader Michael Tumusiime, who is gunning for his first title, and the supremely confident defending champion Joseph ‘Joe’ Cwinya-ai.

All eyes will be on  Cwinya-ai, who showed what he can do with his stunning 69 on Thursday. He indicated he will have a say on who is crowned champion in 2022.

“I am not under any pressure at all because I have won before, so the pressure is going to be on those that are trying to win it for the first time. There will be some pressure but not as intense as it was before,” he told The New Vision, ahead of the tournament.

Birdies on holes 3, 5, 8 and 12, plus an eagle on 13, left the course record set in 2019 at his mercy, but two bogeys followed as Cwinya-ai ended 3 under par. The Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa course amateur record of 66 strokes is held by three-time champion Ronald Otile. (*Professional Dismas Indiza’s 63 is overall course record)

A 66: Ronald Otile smashes Serena golf course record

The four-day 72 hole Amateur Open is Ugandan golf’s most prestigious title. This year’s event that has Tusker Malt Lager as lead sponsor, has again come a few days after the Ladies Open that was won by Uganda’s Martha Babirye, and a week before the professional Open.

The greatest name in the history of the Uganda golf open is Sadi Onito,(RIP) who won the Uganda Open a record 12 times.

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Golf Open Winners since 1932

1932 – H.Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)

1933 – H.Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)

1934 – R.W Hooker (Muthaiga Golf Club)

1935 – J.D Rankine (Uganda Golf Club)

1936 – J.D Rankine (Uganda Golf Clun)

1937 – H. Davidson (Uganda Golf Club)

1938 – R.W Bun (Mombasa Golf Club)

1939 – J.E Higginson

1940 – 1947 NOT HELD

1948 – D. F Stewart (Uganda Golf Club)

1949 – A.Q Roberts (Kitale Golf Club)

1950 – N.C Elwell (Uganda Golf Club)

1951 – N.C Elwell (Mwanza Golf Club)

1952 – J.R Cooke (Uganda Golf Club)

1953 – R.W Hooper (Nairobi Golf Club)

1954 – M.Johnson (Kabalae Golf Club)

1955 – J.R Oglive (Kitale Golf Club)

1956 – J.R Oglive (Kitale Golf Club)

1957 – Ian McAdam (Uganda Golf Club)

1958 – Brian Malone (Uganda Golf Club)

1959 – Ian McAdam (Uganda Golf Club)

1960 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)

1961 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)

1962 – Mike Johnson (Mbale Golf Club)

1963 – John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)

1964 – John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)

1965 – Muhammed Rajab (Nairobi Golf Club)

1966 – John Higginson (Uganda Golf Club)

1967 – I.Pattinson (Dar es Salaam Golf Club)

1968 – G.Burrows (Uganda Golf Club)

1969 – M.Rajab(Nairobi Golf Club)

1970 – M.Couma (Uganda Golf Club)

1971 – J. Kahugu (Sigona Golf Club)

1972 – Ben Okello (Masaka Golf Club)

1973 – Tom Taban (Uganda Golf Club)

1974 – Alex Okodan (Uganda Golf Club)

1975 – Ramathan Kayamba (Uganda Golf Club)

1976 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)

1977 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)

1978 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)

1979 – 1980 – Not held

1981 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)

1982 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)

1983 – Sadi Onito (Uganda Golf Club)

1984 – John Mucheru (Uganda Golf Club)

1985 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)

1986 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)

1987 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)

1988 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)

1989 – Allan Njoroge (Muthaiga Golf Club)

1990- Dedan Kagonyera (Kabale Golf Club)

1991 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)

1992 – Juma Jaffer (Uganda Golf Club)

1993 – John Gavin (Uganda Golf Club)

1994 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)

1995 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)

1996 – Sadi Onito (Jinja Golf Club)

1997 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)

1998 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)

1999 – Steven Birungi (Uganda Golf Club)

2000 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)

2001 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)

2002 – Deo Akope (Entebbe Golf Club)

2003 – Charles Yokwe (Jinja Golf Club)

2004 – David Odhiambo (Nyanza Golf Club)

2005 – Charles Yokwe (Jinja Golf Club)

2006 – Amos Kamya (Entebbe Golf Club)

2007 – Nicholas Rokoine (Muthaiga Golf Club)

2008 – George Olayo (Entebbe Golf Club)

2009 – Peter Ssendaula (Entebbe Golf Club)

2010 – Brian Mwesigwa (Kabale Golf Club)

2011 –Rogers Byaruhanga (Uganda Golf Club)

2012 – Phillip Kasozi (Uganda Golf Club)

2013 – Peter Ssendaula (Entebbe Golf Club)

2014 – Kitata (Entebbe Golf Club)

2015 – Ronald Otile (Tooro Golf Club)

2016 – Ronald Otile (Tooro Golf Club)

2017 – Ronald Rugumayo (Tooro Golf Club)

2018 – Ronald Otile (Uganda)

2019 – Daniel Nduva (Kenya)

2020 – John Lejirma (Kenya)

2021 – Joseph Cwinya-ai (Uganda)

2022 – ………………………………….

 

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