Several professionals set to take part in this year’s 16th edition of the Castle Lite Uganda Pro Open Golf Champion have given mixed reactions to this year’s course outlay.
“This is a very tricky course and you would rather play preferred lie on majority of the holes if you want to return with good results,” David Opati, from Windsor Golf Club Kenya said. “The pin placements are also tricky and hard to score on.”
The 16th edition has attracted a total of 103 professionals from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Portugal.
With 3 former past champions late parts that include 2015 champion Madalisto Muthiya from Zambia, 2016 winner Joshua Seale from South Africa and Steven Ferreira from Portugal.
“You have to use your head to get out of this course with a great score,” John Kisia from Mombass golf club. “The course is tricky especially if you ball is caught up in the pines and you have to get back onto the fairway.”
Uganda’s last winner at the Pro Open was Entebbe’s Vincent “Araali” Byamukama, in 2013 with $50,000(sh188m Kitty) will a home boy or a Ugandan professional win this year’s edition.
“It’s just logical to play the course how it is there is nothing special in the way it’s designed,” Aaron Simfukwe from Zambia said. “While The Entebbe Club looks challenging and more difficult I would rather play it as it is.”
No professional has defend the Uganda Pro and one wonders whether Portugal’s Ferreira, can retain his crown at this year’s edition.
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Castle Lite Uganda Pro Open Sept 25-29
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