Arusha’s Gymkana lady golfer Neema Olomi, claimed the 68th Castle Lite sponsored Uganda Ladies Open Golf championship on her second attempt at the par 71 Entebbe course at Entebbe Club on Saturday.
Olomi, who was playing for the second time at Entebbe returned with a score of 229 gross to beat a field of 40 lady golfers from Uganda, Kenya, India, Sweden and Tanzania.
The Arusha based golfer was virtual out of the race on Day 1 but an albatross on Hole 15 which is a par 5 brought into the picture going into the final round where she was paired with 2017 winner Angel Eaton and Kenya’s Mwongeli Nzioka.
“I didn’t expect to win this tournament and I thank the lord and my caddy for leading to this victory, ” Olomi said after her victory. “I was very nervous throughout the tournament and thought I wouldn’t win this even with all the other ladies playing good golf.”
Olomi becomes the third Tanzanian lady golfer to win at Entebbe Club others that have recorded winning feats include Iddi Madina for winning the 2013 Entebbe Ladies Open on her first attempt and Angel Eaton for winning the 2013 Uganda Ladies Open.
Martha Babirye who lead for two days crumbled to finish runner up but was to blame for not taking increasing her lead having ended day 2 with a 1 stroke lead and messing up on the tricky 18th hole by scoring a 8 after pitching out from the bunker.
She finished with a total of 231 gross after scores of 76, 76 and 79.
“It was not my day and I should have won this tournament but I have learnt from my mistakes that I made on the course and next time it will be better, ” Babirye said. “It was my first time I was playing on this course and I have learnt how to play on it however am happy about my efforts.”
Home town favorite Irene Nakalembe finished third with 233 gross after rounds of 77, 76 and 80.
The 3-day tournament was sponsored by Castle Lite and co-sponsored by Barclays Bank, Britam Insurance, CBA Uganda, AAR, Pepsi, Nation Media Group, Serena Hotels, Jumia, Gems Cambridge International School of Uganda.
Castle Lite Uganda Ladies Open 2018 Results
Neema Olomi 80 74 75 229
Martha Babirye 76 76 79 231
Irene Nakalembe 77 76 80 233
T5 Gloria Mbaguta 77 85 74 236
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