Saturday, 22 September 2018

Otile makes history with 3rd Uganda Open victory

Otile kisses the trophy.  πŸ“· @jadwong 

SCOREBOARD 72 holes
➡️ Ronald Otile πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬  285 (+1)
➡️ Edwin Mudanyi πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ  (+2)
➡️ John Karichu πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ (+2)
➡️ Herman Mutebi πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬   (+6)
➡️ Joseph Cwinyai πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬  (+7)
➡️ Daniel Baguma πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬   (+7)
➡️ Joel Basalaine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬  (+12)

Entebbe, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | Ronald Otile joined Ugandan golf greats with his third Amateur Open title Saturday, after an amazing comeback from 5 strokes behind in the last 6 holes.

"It was my Lion Heart" that did it, he said, explaining how he did not lose hope after carding 9 on hole 11.

At the troublesome 11th, Otile went out of bounds, incurring a two shot penalty, before "jaffering" the hole, to fall five behind. 

Otile however followed that setback with four birdies on holes, 14,15,16 and 18 for a day's 74 and total score of 285 for victory by one stroke over Kenyan pair of John Karichu (72)  and Edwin Mudanyi (68).


Basaliza and Otile.    πŸ“· @jadwong
Otile now becomes only the eighth golfer to win three titles in the 77-year history of the Uganda Amateur Golf Open.

The most senior of Uganda's veteran golfers Emmanuel Basaliza, 93, who has probably played against some of the greats, joined Otile in the celebrations.

The small group of three time winners in the Amateur Open are H. Davidson (1932-3,1937), Mike Johnson (1960-61-62), John Higginson (1963-4-6), legend Sadi Onito ( 1976 to 1978, 83, 1985 to 1988, 1991, 1994-1996), Juma Jaffer (1981-82, 1992), Steven Birungi (1997-1999) and Deo Akope (2000-2002)

The winning final putt

After drawing level with Mudanyi at the 17th, both landed on the green with their 3rd shot, right within striking distance of the hole. Otile faced the trickier putt, having to roll the ball downwards to get a birdie to go one ahead while for the Kenyan, a similar score would have them level for a play-off.

Otile held his nerve, and curved the ball in on the "Dan Nkata" hole 18 to spark delayed birthday celebrations for him.

VIDEO



The four-day 72 hole Amateur  Open is Ugandan golf's most prestigious title. This year's event has come a week after the Ladies Open that was won by Tanzanian Neema Olomi, and a week before the  professional Open.

Nile Breweries under their brand Castle Lite, are the anchor sponsors of the Open. 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.

LAST YEAR's scoreboard top 4
➡️ Ronald Rugumayo 80  78  69  72  299
➡️ Ronald Otile 72  79  76  72  299
➡️ Paul Muchangi      76  77  78  69  300
➡️ Samuel Njoroge     77  79  71  74  301
             
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 (Tooro Golf Club)

Friday, 21 September 2018

Otile eyes history on final day of Uganda Golf Open

Otile checks the direction of the wind before he tees off, earlier.   πŸ“· @golfunion
As it stands after 54 holes
➡️ Ronald Otile πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬  211 (-2)
➡️ John Karichu πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ  214 (+1)
➡️ Herman Mutebi πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬   215 (+2)
➡️ Daniel Baguma πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬   217 (+4)
➡️ Edwin Mudanyi πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ  218 (+5)
➡️ Joseph Cwinyai πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬  218 (+5)
➡️ Samuel Njoroge πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ  219 (+6)
➡️ Joel Basalaine πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬  220 (+7)
➡️ Mutahi Kibugu πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ  221 (+8)
➡️ Edrine Okong πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬   224 (+11)
➡️ Dennis Asaba πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬  224 (+11)
➡️ S. Kato     πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬   224 (+11)
➡️ A.Macharia πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ    224 (+11)

Friday's best scores
➡ Basalaine  πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ 67
➡CwinyaaiπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ 70
➡ Baguma πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ 71
➡  Otile πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ 71

Entebbe, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | Only seven golfers have won three or more titles in the 77-year history of the Uganda Amateur Golf Open.

The most senior of Uganda's veteran golfers Emmanuel Basaliza, 93, has probably played against some of them.

He was at the Entebbe Golf Course on the penultimate day of the Uganda Open Friday, and walked out to congratulate Ronald Otile for an outstanding display of golf on the final of 54 holes.

In three rounds, Otile, 23, carded an impressive 67, 73 and 71 over the first 54 holes at the par-71 Entebbe course.

After his final putt for birdie on the "Dan Nkata" hole 18, Basaliza walked onto the course in appreciation. He offered a handshake that probably is 'the sign' the Uganda Open was waiting for, before it can baptise a 8th, 3-time winner on Saturday.


Basaliza and Otile.    πŸ“· @jadwong

The small group of three time winners in the Amateur Open are H. Davidson (1932-3,1937), Mike Johnson (1960-61-62), John Higginson (1963-4-6), legend Sadi Onito ( 1976 to 1978, 83, 1985 to 1988, 1991, 1994-1996), Juma Jaffer (1981-82, 1992), Steven Birungi (1997-1999) and Deo Akope (2000-2002)

History beckons

Two-time winner Otile holds a 3 stroke lead going into the final 18 holes, and another par or below par performance looks good enough to secure him a historic third title.

After his 67 on day one, Otile had promised that his best is yet to come. 

"The best is yet to come," he said, " It should have been 7-under today (Wednesday)."

He has not matched his day one high since, and those seeking an upset on day four will pray he doesn't.

Top contenders at the Castle Lite sponsored 77th Uganda Amateur Open, all seeking a first ever title, include Kenyans John Karichu and Edwin Mudanyi and young Ugandans Herman Mutebi, Daniel Mutebi and Joseph Cwinyaai.

Day three's best score came from outside the pressure group, with Joel Basalaine producing a stunning 4-under 67.  That's the kind of score those close to Otile will have to produce to realise their dreams - that is Mutebi and Karichu who tee off in the pressure group at 1.22pm. (full draw bottom)

The four-day 72 hole Amateur  Open is Ugandan golf's most prestigious title. This year's event has come a week after the Ladies Open that was won by Tanzanian Neema Olomi, and a week before the  professional Open.

LAST YEAR' scoreboard top 4
➡️ Ronald Rugumayo 80  78  69  72  299
➡️ Ronald Otile 72  79  76  72  299
➡️ Paul Muchangi      76  77  78  69  300
➡️ Samuel Njoroge     77  79  71  74  301
             
PAST πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Golf Open Winners
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)

THE DRAW

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Otile favourite as 119 tee-off at Uganda Amateur Open in Entebbe



Entebbe, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | Two-time winner Ronald Otile tees off 9.30am as favourite, but he will know that only a flying start will give him the psychological edge needed to go all the way at the 77th Castle Lite Uganda Amateur Open.

Otile was denied the title last year by some brilliant putting by Ronald Rugumayo after a three-hole play-off. Rugumayo has since moved on to the professional ranks, leaving a pack of seasoned Ugandan and Kenyan golfers to aim  for glory.

The key challenge is likely to come from Kenya, led by Paul Muchungi who came third last year, only 1 stroke behind Otile and Rugumayo, and fourth placed Samule Njoroge.

The other foreign challengers will be Alloys Nsabimana of Rwanda who was 7th last year,  plus battle-hardened Victor Joseph of Tanzania and Mike Kisia from Kenya.1

The four-day 72 hole Amateur  Open is Ugandan golf's most prestigious title. This year's event has come a week after the Ladies Open that was won by Tanzanian Neema Olomi, and a week before the  professional Open.

LAST YEAR' scoreboard top 4
➡️ Ronald Rugumayo 80  78  69  72  299
➡️ Ronald Rugumayo 72  79  76  72  299
➡️ Paul Muchangi      76  77  78  69  300
➡️ Samuel Njoroge     77  79  71  74  301
             
OPEN GROUPS DAY 1:    STROKE PLAY
GameTimeFirst      nameLast       name
107:00POSIANO            IANKALEMA
ANTHONY              IRUNGUMACHARIA
207:10HASSANKIYEMBA
SAMUELNJOROGE
ABDULKAKEETO
307:20MIKEKISIA
EMILENSHIMYUMUREMYI
BRIANRWABWOGO
407:30MICHAELALUNGA
JOSEPHKASOZI
WALTEROKELLO
507:40ALLOYSNSABIMANA
EMMANUELJAKISA
SAMKACUNGIRA
607:50JONATHANMUSINGUZI
ISAACMAKOKHA
HABIBKISANDE
708:00JOHNKARICHU
BENONGOLE
GILBERTKIIZA
808:10PIERREASCEDU
MOSES MATSIKOBARYAMUJURA
REAGANAKENA
908:20JOSEPHNGOBI
Michael             Tumusiime
RAMSHABAN
1008:30ISMABIRIKADDE
MARVINKIBIRIGE
GEORGEKITUKU
1108:40CANARYKABISE
ABRAHAM          J.COETZEE
MOSHTOKO
1208:50ANDREWOKETI
BERNARD              OMONDIOGWAYO
HENRYBYARUHANGA
1309:00PAULMUHIA
KENDUIWO        KIMELIMUTAI
ROGERSEYOYO
1409:10HENRYKAMUNTU
SHILEENNANJI
DENNIS DRAGONASABA
1509:20HERMAN            DECOMUTEBI
JOSEPHCWINYAAI
EMMANUELRUTAYISIRE
1609:30RONALDOTILE
EMMANUELADRABO
EDGARMUZAHURA
1709:40SAMUELKATO
VICTORJOSEPH
PHILLIPSSEBBALE
1809:50DOUGLASSCHRECK
LAWRENCEMARINO
HENRYADIYA
1910:00DAVID  SEMAMBYAMPANGA
JOHNBYABAGAMBI
ALEXCOUTINHO
2010:10ROBINSONOWITI
ANDREWMUGUME
ROBERTSSENTEZA
2110:20JOSEPHKANOLERA
AARONMUGOMOLA
DANIELBAGUMA
2210:30ISAIAHMWESIGE
EDRINEOKONG
ASHRAFBAGALANA
2310:40AARONKITUR
GRACEKASANGO
RODELL TADEOGAITA
2410:50BULHANMATOVU
BECCAMWANJA
PAULMUCHANGI
2511:00CHRISTIANSCHUTTE
BENJAMINMUKISA
FRANKOPEREMO
2611:10CLOVISKASANGAKI
EMMANUELNKURUNZIZA
JAMESNDIKUMANA
2711:20IBRAHIMALIGA
MUTAHIKIBUGU
EMMANUEL              WILSONMOKO
2811:30JAMESKOTO
TIMOTHYOKWI
HUSSEINALEMIGA
2911:40BRIANMUGABE
FREDNKURANGA
ANCELTUMWESIGE
3011:50PATRICKMUGISHA
PAULBAITE
SAMUELWAMBI
3112:00GRAHAM              AINEBYOONABYAGABA
HENRYSSALI
CHRISTOPHERBASALIZA
3212:10ALLAN   MUJUNGANEMUHEREZA
MORTON              JUNIORMUWOWO
ABDULLAHKAKOOZA
3312:20ROBBINSMWEHAIRE
COLLINEAJIDRA
SANDELULET
3412:30NOAHBAGEYA
ZUBAIRKHAN
EDWINMUDANYI
3512:40EDWARD            KAYISOGOLOOBA
JOSHUASSENABULYA
ASHVINKANANATHAN
3612:50SUNDAY              WALTERDEBBO
JOELBASALAINE
RONALD             BLINKOTIM
3713:00NICOLAASSNYMAN
MALCOLMODENDAAL
ISAACAISU
3813:10CONRADACAYE
DERRICKPIPINO
FELIXGEORGE
3913:20BOYYASSIN
CHARLESKALUMUNA
CELESTINNSANZUWERA
4013:30JOHN    PAULBASABOSE
JAIMEBYARUHANGA
TOMJINGO

PAST πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Golf Open Winners
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
2015 -Ronald Otile
2016 - Ronald Otile
2017 -  Ron Rugumayo

Monday, 17 September 2018

Uganda wins 11 medals at World Mountain Running Championships


Canillo, Andorra | LOUIS JADWONG | Uganda again put up a dominant performance at the World Mountain Running Championships on Sunday, bagging 11 medals including a clean sweep of the men and junior men's race.

They won eight individual medals - the men, junior men, junior women gold - plus three team golds.

"The men's battle saw a clean sweep from Uganda. Robert Chemonges (winner picture above), Joel Ayeko, and Victor Kiplangat put on a dominant display. Joe Gray (USA) went with them early and pulled away from the chasing pack but couldnt hold the speed of the African's," reported the World Mountain Running Association website.

Chemonges beat defending champion Kiplangat also from Uganda, who took bronze.

The site went on to report that this year's championships were held under clear skies and in the beautiful mountains above Canillo, Andorra.

The Junior races started into an immediate steep climb followed by a forest trail leading to the final steep kilometres with the junior women's event being a close battle where Uganda arrived with two runners on the podium in defending champion Risper Chebet (1st) and Betty Chebet (3rd) while Germany's Lisa Oed split them for the silver medal.

The Junior men's race started very fast and over the early stages Uganda pushed hard and ran away with the the tree podium positions. First home was Dan Chebet, 2nd Mathew Chepkrui and 3rd Oscar Chelimo, who was the defending champion.

It was only the Senior Women race won by Kenyan defending champion Lucy Wambui Murigi that Uganda failed to get a medal.

Race winners won $1500 each, runners-up $1000 and third $500.

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This year, 40 nations competed at the 34th World Mountain Running champs by WMRA/IAAF. It's one of Europe's smaller countries but it boasts very big mountains and was a perfect location for the 2018 Championships.

On steep mountain tracks, athletes from all over the world battled it out in a discipline now growing to global level after the recent announcement of the co-operation between the WMRA / ITRA and the IAAF.

Very few runners in the history of Mountain Running have been able to win back to back. For first time on an uphill only World Mountain Champs the distances were equal for men and women - 10km for seniors, and 5km for juniors.

Monday, 3 September 2018

'WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED IN ARUA? MY STORY! '



Ugandan legislator Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has issued a statement on the events that led to his incarceration. He flew out on Friday for the US for medical treatment after alleging torture by the security forces.

FULL STATEMENT ON FACEBOOK

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Ugandan tourism sector at its peak, will survive political shocks


Ssempbwa (right), flanked by Wekesa, Karuhanga and host Iguma (left)
The Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is confident that the country will ride out the storm created by the recent political fallout following the elections in Arua Municipality.

"Our tourism is now on a stronger foundation, and cannot be shaken by shocks like the one we have been going through," said John Ssempebwa,deputy Executive Director Uganda Tourism board.

He was speaking on The Radio One 90.00fm talk show Spectrum on Thursday. MP Gerald Karuhanga, and Amos Wekesa of Great Lakes Safaris were the other guests on the evening talk show moderated by Gabriel Iguma. 

The panel discussed the implications of poor management of Ugandan political disagreements and the governance situation and its potential to destroy the gains that have been made in many sectors, including tourism.

This follows the recent Arua elections, that descended into chaos after the President's convoy was reportedly pelted with stones on the even of the vote. Four legislators including Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine were detained, and have now been charged with treason. There was unrest in Kampala and several towns across the country, with angry supporters battling police and the army.

UTB still expects record year

"For the first time in Uganda's history this is gonig to be best ever for tourism because of our new marketing strategy," boasted UTB's Ssempebwa. " Had we not brought in this new strategy, the shocks would have impacted us."

He explained that " A few years ago, the marketing strategy was mainly about going for exhibitions. We changed that, we do not rely on expos as the major marketing thrust , we rely on firms, marketing experts resident in in the large markets of UK, US and Germany."

Ssempebwa said from these countries, they have already this August received more tourists than they did the whole of last year.

'We are better than Rwanda'

"Our strategy is based on a strong foundation that is even more effective that that of a country down there that put money in a football team that is always losing," he said, referring to Rwanda's deal with Arsenal.

"Marketing in tourism targets awareness, interest, desire and action," he said, stressing that the Arsenal deal only gives Rwanda awareness.

"Our strategy is we have agents who wake up US, UK Germany daily to talk to tour operators, consumer groups." It is more effective, he said.



Tourism and insecurity cannot coexist

While Amos Wekesa, owner of Great Lakes Safaris agreed with UTB on the increased numbers of visiting tourists, he warned that tourism and insecurity cannot coexist.

"If we have challenges like this it affects business", and said " Uganda has never experienced the opportunities it has had this year.

He revealed that there was growth worldwide in the tourism sector. (see story below).

He said UTB should be doing even more to market "Brand Uganda", and to fight the effects of the recent political protests, officials should be in the field talking to international media, instead of being in Kampala studios.

"We have overcome these things before. A two week shocker we will recover from," responded Ssepembwa, adding that "Let's stop sending out negative message, let's recoup and this year will be the best Uganda has ever seen in tourism."

Resolve succession issues

MP Karuhanga narrated his ordeal in Arua and in court, and said all the political problems created out of the Arua elections could have been avoided.

He said they all have to do with an unclear succession plan by the president, and warned that unless Uganda learnt from its history of turmoil, all sectors, including tourism will suffer.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

OO: Bobi Wine would have been more comfortable in Makindye

Four Gangsters at today's show. They were joined by MP Ssekikubo
 and Lydia Wanyoto
A heated discussion on the recent events on the political scene on The Capital Gang on Capital 91.3Fm in Kampala on Saturday ended with government spokesman saying, tongue-in-cheek, that detained legislator Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is missing the much more comfortable detention facilities in Makindye.

Bobi Wine's lawyers have accused security forces of torturing him after his arrest and detention after the Arua elections. He was first charged with possessing guns in the military court, but on Thursday the case was dropped, and he was instead charged for treason in a civilian court, and detained in Gulu till next week.

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