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Uganda Golf Open: Babirye ready to defend Ladies Title

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For a second straight time, Babirye hoisted the Uganda Golf Open ladies title last year

Event: 2021 Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Open
Dates: 18th November – 4th December
Venue: Entebbe Club

Martha Babirye says that she’s ready to defend the Uganda Golf Open Ladies Title also known as the Uganda Ladies Golf Open with the event teeing off on Thursday, 18th November running up to Saturday, 20th November at Entebbe Club’s par-71 golf course.

Babirye, handicap 4 won back to back titles last year when she triumphed at Uganda Golf Club to retain her title and is buoyed to keep the same accolade at her grasp for a third straight year. Her first title came in 2019 at Lake Victoria Golf Resort and Spa, Kigo.

“I am ready to defend it (Uganda Ladies Golf Open) and I have been practicing,” Babirye who won the Uganda Golf Club (UGC) Ladies Open over the weekend said adding that the victory a few days ago could have set her up for another victory as she seeks a double in a space on one week.

In 2018, Babirye, a member of Uganda Golf Club suffered a heartbreak after Tanzania’s Neema Olomi came out of nowhere to snatch her (Babirye’s) lead on the final day to deny her to get off the mark in Entebbe then.

Martha Babirye tees off at a previous tournament

As she returns to the same course, Babirye insists she’s not under pressure anymore but her aim to retain the championship is unchanged.

“Since I have it (the title) already, it won’t put me on the pressure because 2018 was my teacher that’s why I have managed to have it twice,” Babirye said adding that, “…all the good players know that I can defend it easily.”

According to Babirye, Entebbe’s Irene Nakalembe who’s in pursuit for a maiden Uganda Golf Open title could be having a home advantage but that won’t stop her and other players to put up a good show.

Babirye hoists the Uganda Golf Open ladies title at UGC’s 18th hole last year.

The Uganda Golf Open overall will run between 18th November to 4th December with seven events in the mix. The championship will be marking its 80th staging.

Tusker Malt Lager is the tournament lead sponsor and its partners are; Absa Bank Uganda, Abubaker Technical Services & General Supplies, Britam Uganda, Case Medical Services, Egis Road Operation Uganda, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, National Council Of Sports, NTV Uganda, Pepsi, Pinnacle Security Limited and Uganda Tourism Board.

Summary of 2021 Uganda Open schedule
Ladies Open: 18th to 20th November
Seniors Open: 19th to 20th November
Par 3 Competition: 24th November
Amateur Open: 24th to 27th November
Pro-Am: 30th November
Professional Open: 1st to 4th December
President’s Shield: 4th December

2020 Uganda Open Golf Championship winners
LADIES: Martha Babirye (Uganda)
AMATEURS: John Lejirma (Kenya)
PROFESSIONALS: Robson Chinhoi (Zimbabwe).

Uganda Ladies Open Past Winners

2020: Martha Babirye (Uganda)
2019: Martha Babirye (Uganda)
2018: Neema Olomi (Tanzania)
2017: Angel Eaton (Tanzania)
2016: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
2015: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
2014: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
2013: Angel Eaton (Tanzania)
2012: Angel Eaton (Tanzania)
2011: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
2010: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
2009: Jasper Kamukama (Uganda)
2008: Melissa Nawa (Zambia)
2007: Mary Karano (Kenya)

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