Sunday, 27 October 2019

Pope Francis admits that 'we still have not realized what women mean in the Church'

Pope Francis addresses the Synod of Bishops at the
 closing session .πŸ“· @VaticanNews  
POPE Francis on Saturday closed the work of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon held in The Vatican, saying “the Church always needs reform”. 

The Pope was responding to recommendations by the Bishops that included a call for a greater role in the church for women, and of “viri probati” -- married “men of proven virtue”.

“I would just like to underline this: we still have not realized what women mean in the Church.” We are only thinking about it from a functional point of view, said the Pope in a statement released by Vatican News. “The role of women in the Church goes far beyond mere functionality,” he said.

Priests, lay people, men and women religious, and permanent deacons can all contribute to strengthening the proclamation of the Gospel, said the Pope. Greater creativity needs to be applied with regard to new ministries, he continued. This includes studying the role of women and permanent deacons in the early Church.

Experts said it would not be necessary to rewrite Church law. The bishops would simply ask Pope Francis for an exemption to the rules -- like the one already granted to married Anglican pastors who later converted to Catholicism.

The cultural, social, pastoral, and ecological dimensions

Voting on the 2019 document by the synod bishops — primarily from the Amazon  took place Saturday, with the prelates reportedly giving each paragraph of the text a simple yes or no. All of the 120 paragraphs of the document were adopted by the assembly with the required two-thirds: 120 members.

Pope Francis however cautioned that “we are all winners when we carry out the Church’s pastoral work together.”

He asked that, when communicating the Final Document, the media focus on the diagnosis presented regarding the cultural, social, pastoral, and ecological dimensions discussed. Society needs to take this up as its own, he said. There is a danger of giving importance to specific groups, whereas the world needs to understand all four areas analyzed. There are always people who want to focus on a small part of the document, said the Pope: the disciplinary or intra-ecclesiastical areas. They want to see who won and who didn’t. “We are all winners” when we carry out our pastoral work all together, said Pope Francis.

The synod brought some 184 bishops to the Vatican, over 60 percent of whom hail from the nine Amazon countries.

Together with representatives of indigenous peoples, experts and nuns, they discussed a multitude of regional concerns, from climate change to poverty, land-grabbing, mercury-polluted waters and violence against women.

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FULL TEXT VATICAN NEWS

By Vatican News

Pope Francis began his address to the Synod fathers and participants by summarizing the four dimensions discussed at the Synod: cultural, ecological, social, and pastoral.

Cultural dimension
Beginning with the cultural dimension, the Pope said he was particularly pleased with the discussions regarding inculturation, evaluating and respecting cultures. Inculturation is a tradition of the Church, he said, recalling that the issue was addressed at the Puebla Conference 40 years ago.

Ecological dimension
Pope Francis then referred to the ecological dimension of the Synod’s deliberations. He paid tribute to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, saying he was one of the first to stimulate awareness of this issue. The inspiration to write the Encyclical, Laudato Si’, followed, said the Pope, and now ecological awareness is making headway.

Pope Francis went on to stress the importance of the Amazon, calling it a symbol. The future is at stake there, he said. “We have seen how many young people are demonstrating in favor of the Amazon,” said the Pope. Young people are aware of the ecological dangers ahead, not only in the Amazon but also in the Congo and in other places, like his own home in Argentina.

Social dimension
Pope Francis then addressed the social dimension examined at the Synod of Bishops. He noted how exploitation “does not just harm creation, but people.” The people of the Amazon have had to face brutal exploitation at every level, as well as the “destruction of their cultural identity,” he said. This includes human trafficking. When he was at Puerto Maldonado, in Peru, he noticed a sign at the airport alerting people against human trafficking, an indication of just how diffuse this reality is.

Pastoral dimension
Turning to the pastoral dimension, the Pope confirmed that the proclamation of the Gospel is necessary and urgent, saying this dimension is the most important of the four. He added that the Gospel needs to be “understood, absorbed and assimilated by these cultures.” Priests, lay people, men and women religious, and permanent deacons can all contribute to strengthening the proclamation of the Gospel, said the Pope. Greater creativity needs to be applied with regard to new ministries, he continued. This includes studying the role of women and permanent deacons in the early Church. The Pope said he intends to pursue setting up a new commission together with the Congregation for the Evangelization of People, Propaganda fide, for that purpose.

Reforms
Pope Francis went on to note that, during the Synod, some things emerged that need reform. “The Church always needs reform,” he said. Starting with priestly formation, the Pope confirmed this is the responsibility of episcopal conferences and called for greater zeal among young religious. Their vocations are solid, but they need to be formed with apostolic zeal so they can go out to the peripheries.

Pope Francis said it would be a good idea for Vatican diplomats in training to spend one or two years in some challenging area of the world, at the service of a bishop in a mission territory. Another good reform, he said, would be to redistribute priests within a country.

It is often said there are many priests from the Amazon ministering in the United States and Europe. Others go somewhere to study and end up staying there. One bishop from Italy told him there are priests who will not go to mountain villages unless they are paid. Pope Francis called this a scandal and said we need to be zealous in bringing about a reform in these countries.

Women
The Pope then spoke of the section in the document that deals with the role of women. He said the section was a bit short. “I would just like to underline this: we still have not realized what women mean in the Church.” We are only thinking about it from a functional point of view, said the Pope. “The role of women in the Church goes far beyond mere functionality,” he said.

Reorganization
The last part of the document touches on the issue of reorganization. It mentions service structures like REPAM. The Pope referred to the existence of episcopal conferences, semi-episcopal conferences, and regional conferences in other parts of the world, and asked why the concept of smaller bishops’ conferences could not be applied in the Amazon.

Rites
Pope Francis said the Synod had also discussed rites and liturgies. “These fall under the responsibility of the Congregation for Divine Worship,” he said, which would examine proposals aimed at inculturation. Speaking of existing Rites in the Church, the Pope noted that they started off small and grew. We should not be afraid of these entities that have a special nature within Holy Mother Church. She is the “Mother of all who supports us on this pathway,” said the Pope.

With regard to an Organization within the Roman Curia, the Pope said this is something that needs to be done, and that he will speak with Cardinal Turkson to open an “Amazon section” within the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Thanks
The Pope then thanked all those “who worked outside this room”, including secretaries, the media, the broadcasting team, those who prepared the meetings, all those who contributed to what happened “behind the scenes”, making things work.

After thanking the Presidents, and General Secretariat of the Synod, Pope Francis said he wanted to express his gratitude in a special way to the communications media for disseminating the news of the Synod.

He asked that, when communicating the Final Document, the media focus on the diagnosis presented regarding the cultural, social, pastoral, and ecological dimensions discussed. Society needs to take this up as its own, he said. There is a danger of giving importance to specific groups, whereas the world needs to understand all four areas analyzed. There are always people who want to focus on a small part of the document, said the Pope: the disciplinary or intra-ecclesiastical areas. They want to see who won and who didn’t. “We are all winners” when we carry out our pastoral work all together, said Pope Francis.

Catholic elites
The Pope then referred to what he called the “elites”, Catholics or Christians who focus on the technicalities and forget the broader picture. He recited a line from Charles PΓ©guy’s “Joint Note on Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy” (1914).

“Because they lack the courage to take up earthly affairs, they believe they are taking up God’s. Because they are afraid to be part of humanity, they think they are part of God. Because they love no one, they delude themselves into thinking they love God.”

Pope Francis said we cannot be the “prisoners of this select group” that pursues their own ends in this area of the Synod and “forget the major part of the Synod and the diagnosis that we have made.”

SOURCE: Vatican News 



Monday, 14 October 2019

Uganda Cabinet 1968-1970


THE entire Uganda Government Cabinet 1968-1970 #UgHistoryπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬

✳️ President Milton Obote ✳️ Vice President - J.K. Babiiha, Minister of Animal Industry, Game and Fisheries CLOCKWISE from left ✳️ B.K Bataringaya - Internal Affairs ✳️ L. Kalule Settala - Finance ✳️ F.K Onama - Defence ✳️ Dr J. S Luyimbazi-Zake - Education ✳️ W.W Kalema - Commerce and Industry ✳️ S.N Odaka - Foreign Affairs ✳️ L. Lubowa - Attorney General ✳️ J.S. M Ochola - Regional Administration ✳️ C.B. Katiti - Culture and Community Development ✳️ J.O Anyoti - State for National Service ✳️ J.B.T Kakonge - Agriculture and Forestry ✳️ J.W Lwamafa - Health ✳️ M.L. Choudry - Mineral and Water Resources ✳️ Dr. E Babumba - Marketing and Co-operatives✳ ✳️ E.Y. Lakidi - Labour ✳️ J.M Okae - Planning and Economic Development ✳️ S. K . Nkutu - Works, Communication and Housing ✳️ J.N.K Wakholi - Public Service and Cabinet Affairs ✳️ A.A. Ojera - Information, Broadcasting and Tourism DEPUTY MINISTERS (FROM LEFT - CLOCKWISE) ✳️ Munyagwa Nsibirwa - Information and broadcasting ✳️ A.K Balinda(??) - Agriculture and Foresty ✳️ Y.K Rwamwaro (??) - Foreign affairs ✳️ S.K.E Okurut - Works, communication and housing ✳️ E.B Bwambale - Culture and Community Development ✳️ A.T Lubidra (??) - Labour

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Rest In Peace big brother Patrick

Mr and Mrs Aredo inspect a rugby team that includes their children.
FACEBOOK PHOTO
Rest In Peace big brother Patrick!
ON Wednesday September 4, 2019 I was browsing through Facebook like I rarely do, when I noticed Patrick had posted a photograph of two people I could not recognize until I read the 'caption' which stated that one of them was Oliver Aredo!
This conversation followed,

Louis Jadwong:  Oliver! Not seen him for 40 years...like :-)
Patrick Mileke: Louis Jadwong ,you are rare in Tororo. I see more of Nera than you
Louis Jadwong: That's what I was saying, I left 40 years ago! You guys I pray are Ok, we need some kind of re-union, to cry and laugh, and enjoy like the old days.
Louis Jadwong: Say Hi to Oliver...will check on him next time I am in Tororo - get me contacts
Patrick Mileke: Louis Jadwong , Senior Quarters ,38 Masaba Road
Louis Jadwong: Ah..just there, 100m away? Ok, thanks for that update (Post Liked by Patrick Mileke)


On Sunday September 8, 2019, I again happened to browse through Facebook, and I came across Julie Nabwire mourning a loss, with PATRICK MILEKE tagged! 

When I recovered from that shock, it occurred to me that the 4th September Facebook chat was actually my last conversation with Patrick; a good bye in many ways. While it was Oliver I aimed to see, it will be Patrick I will find at Senior Quarters ,38 Masaba Road – in a different state! Oliver I will certainly see – under mournful circumstances. 



The 1980s in Tororo


We simply called him Patrick because there were three brothers in the family, Oliver, Patrick and Peter....all Aredos. I only learnt of Patrick’s surname Mileke a year or two ago. For a moment I wondered who was being talked about, with other people even adding the title 'mzee' now. Time flies!

The Aredos moved to Tororo from Jinja when I was in Primary 7 or Senior 1... an Inspector Of Schools' family. Theirs was a caring and down to earth mom with three boys and I guess four girls - one of them adopted. From where we were, they were a model family in very many ways. I looked up to the boys – the  footballing geniuses Oliver and Peter, and especially Patrick who set the academic pace then by joining Makerere University.

We lived 200 meters's apart on Osukuru Road in Senior Quarters, and since our dads were cousins, the families were close, with Mrs Josephine Aredo playing an important role in resolving many health problems that dragged me down in those early years.

After my A-levels, I left Tororo and 'never returned', which explains the conversation on Facebook on September 4. A lot of water as you can imagine has flowed under the bridge since.... Mum Aredo passed on, then their elder sister, followed by Peter, then Dad Aredo, then one of the young sisters just recently! It is only 'Nera' (Dad in Tororo) who represented us during all these sad times.

In decades, we talked once or twice with Patrick and Deborah Sifuna, with the very last being at the burial of Martin Obbo in 2014, when for the first time, they met my wife Lydia. You can imagine the excitement there was on their faces!

I had planned to make up by visiting Patrick, and particularly hoped to get a chance to meet his boys – Erasmus, Gabriel and Joseph – who are now famous because of their outstanding rugby skills. All three of them had stormed the national rugby scene soon after I had moved on from the New Vision Sports Desk, where I had been editor for nearly 20 years. Just imagine the kind of coverage these 'sons' of mine would have gotten!

Patrick was like a big brother.... always challenging, teasing, joking with this tiny very intelligent young man - for that is what I was those days. We all looked up to him....and others like the God Father of our twins, Francis Orono  and, my other cousin Dr. Stephen Owor, who had made it to Makerere University, which we all aimed to get to. He laughed about nearly everything, making what was heavy look light in the process, and setting new challenges.

When I promised that the next time I would be in Tororo I would check on Senior Quarters,38 Masaba Road, I did not know it would be to say bye to Patrick. That's God's plan, and pray it includes you RESTING IN ETERNAL PEACE.


Saturday, 7 September 2019

Kenya's Ndovu is the 2019 Uganda Amateur Golf Open champion

New champion Nduva from Kenya. PHOTO LOUIS JADWONG

1⃣D Nduva πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ ✳ 286 πŸ“·
2⃣ S Njogu πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ ✳ 287
3⃣ S Njoroge πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ ✳ 288
4⃣ J Cwinyaai πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ ✳ 293
5⃣ D Asaba πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ ✳ 295
6⃣ R Otile πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ ✳ 295
πŸ’ Venue: Lake Victoria Serena
πŸ’  LIVE: Results (click)

Kigo, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | Kenyan Daniel Nduva is the new Uganda Amateur Golf Open champion.

The 23-year old Nyali Golf Club player carded a 72-hole score of 286, to secure a one-stroke come-from-behind victory. He carded 75, 70, 71, 70 in the four rounds.
Nduva becomes the first Kenyan to take Uganda's most prestigious title since 2007, when fellow countryman Nicholas Rokoine from Muthaiga Golf Club won.

"We came here to win, and I am happy it turned out as we planned. I dedicate this victory to my mum, who did everything to make me who I am, and helped me start playing the game of golf," Nduva said.

Simon Njogu, who had led all of the three opening rounds, failed to secure a play-off opportunity, when he missed a birdie on the final hole.

The top three places were taken by the Kenyans, with Samuel Njoroge setting the early pressure in the final round with a hole-in-one on hole 4.

Defending champion Ronald Otile conceded defeat. " It did not work the way I had planned on the final day. I had wanted to play one or two under in the first 9 holes, but my tee shots did not work out. The 8 strokes on hole 13 killed it all."

"I will not come back next year. I will leave the championship contest for the much younger Ugandan lads," he said.

Otile had put up a phenomenal come-back after a disastrous 82 strokes on day one, to make the pressure group on the final day on Saturday.

The 24-year-old carded an astonishing 66 - six under par on Friday, courtesy of a eagle, six birdies and 9 pars.

Otile rewrote the record he had set just a day earlier with a four under par 68 strokes as he chased a pack of Kenyans, who dominated the 78th Uganda Amateur Golf Open from day one.

Uganda's best player was Joseph Cwinyaai, seven strokes behind at 293, followed by Denis Asaba who carded at 295.

The four-day 72 hole Amateur Open is Ugandan golf's most prestigious title. It is held a few days after the Ladies Open that was won by Uganda's Martha Babirye, and a week before the professional Open.

There will be a Pro Am tournament on Tuesday, before Dismas Indiza, from Mumias Club Kenya takes to the course to defend his Professional Open title. He leads a Kenyan team of 24 professionals to the event.

Njoroge best placed to end 11-year Kenyan wait for Uganda Open title


Kenya's Njoroge tees off yesterday.
 He is the overnight leader. PHOTO CASTLE-LITE MEDIA
 SATURDAY
πŸ’  Tee off 12.30pm
✳ S Njoroge πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ 213
✳ S Njogu πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ 215
✳ R Otile πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ 216

πŸ’  Tee off 12.20pm
✳ D Nduva πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ 216
✳ J Cwinyaai πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ 221
✳ D Asaba πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ 223

πŸ’ Venue: Lake Victoria Serena

πŸ’  LIVE: Results (click)
Final day draw (bottom)

Kigo, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG |  Kenya Railway Golf Club veteran Samuel Chege Njoroge gets an opportunity today to break an 11 year jinx for foreign entrants at the Uganda Amateur Golf Open.

Ugandans have won the last 11 Opens, with Njoroge's fellow countryman Nicholas Rokoine from Muthaiga Golf Club the last foreign entrant to win the title in 2007.

Overnight leader Njoroge marches into today's final round with a score of 213 from 54 holes, which is  a two stroke lead over another Kenyan Simon Njogu, and three over defending champion Ronald Otile. The long-hitting Kenya Railway Club golfer has finished in the top 10 in his past two attempts, with a 4th place finish in 2017.

" This is a new course... everyone is new to it so whoever swings well, and whoever will have luck will win. I made some mistakes on Friday and if I try to avoid the mistakes, I believe I can win it," the Kenyan ace said.

Njoroge carded 68 to take the lead Friday, and is one of only five who have played under par in the first three rounds. Three of the five are in today's pressure group that promises a thrilling battle to a full gallery at the prestigious and picturesque Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa course at Kigo.

The Kenyans will however have to contend with favourite Otile, who has stormed from being 13 behind the day one leader Njogu, to playing in the pressure group.

Friday's all Kenyan pressure group heading to the back nine.
 PHOTO LOUIS JADWONG
After a disastrous start, that saw him card 82 strokes on Wednesday, he remained optimistic, and warned that, "It is a game. I played +10 today, but I can still play -10 tomorrow."

He has come close to doing that already, hitting a course record 4 under 68 on Thursday, then breaking the record Friday with a stunning 6 under par 66 that had an eagle, six birdies and nine par scores in the 18 holes - completely demystifying the water hazards that dominate the course.
Otile
What will not be good news for his opponents is the fact that after his six-under par score on Friday, Otile still felt there is room for improvement. "I need to play the course as it is and on regulations. I'll also need to commit on putting tomorrow," he said, when asked about his thoughts ahead of D-day.

Last year, he came from 5 strokes behind in the very last 6 holes to win. A thrilling final day awaits golf fans at the 78th Uganda Amateur Golf Open. (watch video here)

Uganda Amateur Open Main Event Draw Day 4 - Uganda Open 2019 by The Independent Magazine on Scribd


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, 6 September 2019

A 66: Ronald Otile smashes Serena golf course record

 
Otile teeing off TODAY. PHOTO CASTLE-LITE MEDIA

▶ Otile DAY 3 #UGGolfOpen19 ⛳
✳ 66 strokes from 18 holes >> - 6 under par
✳ 1 Eagle
✳ 6 birdies
✳ 9 Pars

πŸ’  DAY 3 - LEADER-BOARD LIVE
✳ S Njoroge πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ 213
✳ S Njogu πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ 215
✳ R Otile πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ 216
✳ D Nduva πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ 216
✳ J Cwinyaai πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ 221
✳ D Asaba πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ 223

πŸ’ Venue: Lake Victoria Serena
πŸ’  LIVE: Results (click)
Final day draw (bottom)

Entebbe, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG |  Ronald Otile showed he will not lose his Uganda Amateur Golf Open title without a fight by breaking the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa course record to charge into Saturday's final day 'pressure group'. 

The 24-year-old carded an astonishing 66 - six under par on Friday, courtesy of a eagle, six birdies and 9 pars.

Otile rewrote the record he had set just a day earlier with a four under par 68 strokes as he chased a pack of Kenyans, who have dominated the 78th Uganda Amateur Golf Open from day one.

After a disastrous start, that saw him card 82 strokes on Wednesday, he had remained optimistic, and warned that, "It is a game. I played +10 today, but I can still play -10 tomorrow."

Today's all Kenyan pressure group heading to the
back nine. PHOTO LOUIS JADWONG
What will not be good news for his opponents is the fact that after his six-under par score today, Otile still feels there is room for improvement. "I need to play the course as it is and on regulations. I'll also need to commit on putting tomorrow," he said, when asked about his thoughts ahead of D-day.

From being 13 strokes behind the leader on day one, Otile will be in the 'pressure group' for the final round on Saturday. He will tee off at 12.30pm in a group of three that includes Njoroge and Njogu, and this time he will be only three strokes behind.


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)

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Kenyan ace Njogu's lead cut as Ugandans charge at 2019 Amateur Golf Open

Njogu has led day one and two. PHOTO UG GOLF MEDIA 

πŸ’  LEADER-BOARD day 2
#UGGolfOpen19 ⛳

✳144 S Njogu   Par 69 75 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ
✳145 D Nduva  +1 75 70 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ
✳145 S Chege   +1 73 72 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ
✳147 P Mwangi +3 71 76 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ
✳148 W Odera  +4 75 73 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ
✳149 J Cwinyaai +5 76 73 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬
✳149 Z Khan    +4 75 74 πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ
✳150 R Otile    +6 82 68 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬
✳151 D Asaba  +7 76 75 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬

πŸ’ Venue: Lake Victoria Serena
πŸ’  LIVE: Results (click)
πŸ’  DAY 3 draw (bottom)

Entebbe, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | Kenya's Simon Njogu Muthoni struggled with a 75 but held onto his overall lead as the 78th Uganda Amateur Golf Open reached the halfway point on Thursday.

The Naivasha Great Rift Valley Club golfer could only manage one birdie on a course where he picked five for an astonishing 69 strokes on day one. He enters round three Friday with a total 144 strokes, a lead of one with 36 holes to go.

Breathing behind his neck now are a group of fellow Kenyans who cut his 2 stroke lead, and more excitingly for the home fans, two Ugandan pre-tournament favourites.  Joseph Cwinyaai moved up six places into the chasing pack, and was joined by defending champion Ronald Otile who stepped up 34 places into 8th position.

US-based Otile picked up seven birdies as he produced the tournament's best score and new course record - a stunning four-under par 68 - to remind the field that he is still capable of making the kind of comeback that earned him his third title last year.

"It is a game. I played +10 today, but I can still play -10 tomorrow," he had warned before he started today's 18 holes. From 13 behind, he is 6 strokes behind with 36 holes to go.

The four-day 72 hole Amateur Open is Ugandan golf's most prestigious title and has attracted 101 golfers from Ethiopia, Sweden Uganda, Kenya, USA, South Africa, Pakistan and Tanzania. This year's event at the par-72 picturesque Lake Victoria Serena course at Kigo, has come a few days after the Ladies Open that was won by Uganda's Martha Babirye, and a week before the professional Open.

There will be a Pro Am tournament next Tuesday, before Dismas Indiza, from Mumias Club, takes to the course to defend his Professional Open title. He leads a Kenyan team of 24 professionals to the event.


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)