Over the weekend, the inaugural Kasese Junior Open Golf Tournament was held at Kilembe Mines Golf Club.
About 60 youngsters were anticipated to turn up for the event but 73 junior golfers from Fort Portal city (20), Mbarara city (3) and the home district Kasese (50) showed up for the first edition of the juniors meet.
Event chief organizer Habib Kissnade also a member of Kilembe Mines Golf Club narrates that the turn up was inspiring and has laid a blue print for the championships to come.
“We had as many as 73 junior golfers from Kasese, Mbarara and Fort Portal for a successful championship which will be held every year. This is a big step forward towards developing the growth of golf in Kasese and Uganda as a whole” Kissande disclosed.
The outstanding golfers were rewarded with trophies and other prizes from the event that was sponsored by Agrievolve Uganda LTD, Itech Technologies Kasese and Redeemer Junior School Kasese plus individuals like Dominic Winton, Okwir Mathias and Westrow Hulse.
Dankan Mumbere won the nett catergory with 57 score ahead of Ronald Muhumba (58).
Rita Biira championed the girls’ nett event with 68 as Racheal Kabugho took second place with 73.
The boys’ 6 – 8 years category was won by Frank Muhindo with 21 score, two strokes better than Bashiru Atuhirwe (23).
Hailah Mbayahi won the girls’ gender with 21 as Tia Nsemere (26) was runners up.
Gilbert Asiimwe scored 31 points to triumph in the 9-11 years category, coming better of Hassan Mbayahi (32).
Lindia Nkyakimwa was the best in this age category under the girls with 36 strokes ahead of Renet Mbambu (37).
The 12-14 years’ category for the boys was won on a countback scenario by Edward Kule who had returned the same scores of 46, as Edward Rubongoya.
Sheriline Biira tallied 64 strokes to topple the rest in the girl’s 12-14 years’ event ahead of Patience Musoki (66).
Hussein Kato returned a total of 59 points to win the boys’ 15-18 year’s category ahead of Abraham Kule (61 points) for the 15-18 years category.
Hilda Masika won the girls’ category with 65 points ahead of Immaculate Kasembo (68 points).
Amon Bwambale and Patience Musoki were the winners of the longest drive contest in the boys and girls’ gender respectively.
The nearest to the pin event was won by Philibert Bwambale (boys) and Rachael Kabugho (girls).
All Top performers:
Hassan Keyi – 70
Godfrey Kambale – 71
Dankan Mumbere – 57
Ronald Muhumba – 58
Rita Biira – 68
Racheal Kabugho – 73
6 – 8 Years:
Frank Muhindo – 21
Bashiru Atuhirwe – 23
Gilbert Asiimwe – 31
Hassan Mbayahi – 32
Edward Kule – 46 Countback
Edward Rubongoya – 46
Hussein Kato – 59
Abraham Kule – 61
6 – 8 Years:
Hailah Mbayahi – 21
Tia Nsemere – 26
Lindia Nkyakimwa – 36
Renet Mbambu – 37
12 – 14 Years:
Sheriline Biira – 64
Patience Musoki – 66
Hilda Masika – 65
Immaculate Kasembo – 68
Longest Drive Contest:
Boys: Amon Bwambale
Girls: Patience Musoki
Nearest to the pin Contest:
Boys: Philibert Bwambale
Girls: Rachael Kabugho