The skies opened up 20 minutes into the tee off at the 76th edition of the Castle Lite Uganda Amateur Open Golf Championship at the par 71 Entebbe course but that didn’t deter Kenya’s scratch player Edwin Mudanyi, to put his nose in front with a 1 stroke lead on Day 1.
The Vet Lab player shot an opening round of 4 under par 67 with birdies on holes 3,4,7, and 9 and on 10 an 18.
“It was a good round for me the course is playing well for me even after teeing off after the rain,” Mudanyi said. “I looking to maintain that status going into tomorrow’s round and want to break Uganda’s dominance at the Open.”
Kenya’s last winner at the prestigious Open is Nicholas Rokoine, in 2007, he is now a professional and a member of the Professional Golfers of Kenya.
Two-time winner Ronald Otile, is one shot of the pace with a score of 5 under par 66 going into Day 2.
The South Africa based golf scholar had birdies on hole 1, 2,7 and hole 11, 12,13, 14, and 18.
“I would have had led with 7 going into tomorrow’s action but I had bogeys on hole 15 and 16 but am happy for now the best is yet to come off yet,” Otile said. “The strongly believe tomorrow I will have better rounds and hope to push it all the way to the final round.”
Kenya’s veteran John Karichu and youngster Mutahi Kibugu, played 1 under par 70 to tie for third doing into Day 2 tomorrow.
Entebbe Club’s Herman “Deco” Mutebi, together with Toro club’s Dennis Ashaba, Joseph Cwinyaai played level par 71 together with Kenya’s Samuel Njoroge.
Castle Lite, are the flag ship sponsor other co-sponsors are Barclays Bank, Britam Insurance, CBA Africa, Kwese Sports, Ernest and Young, Minet, Gems Cambridge Int School, Nation Media Group, Kwese Sports, Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa and Time Cop.
Castle Lite Uganda Amateur Golf Open Championship
Leader board Day 1
Edwin Mudanyi 66
Ronald Otile 67
T3 John Karich 70
Mutahi Kibugu 70
T4 Dennis Asaba 71
Herman Mutebi 71
Samuel Njoroge 71
Joseph Cwinyaai 71
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