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Uganda Ladies Golf Open: Nakalembe storms summit ahead of final round

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Irene Nakalembe in action in the opening round of the Uganda Ladies Golf Open.

Event: 2021 Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Open
Dates: 18th November – 4th December
Ladies Open: 18th – 20th November
Venue: Entebbe Club

Playing on home course, Irene Nakalembe, handicap 4 is now leader of the Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Open ladies event also known as the Uganda Ladies Golf Open after two rounds of play at Entebbe Club’s par-71 golf course.

Nakalembe who tied for fourth with Tanzania’s Vicky Elias off 7 over par 78 in Thursday’s opening round is now leader with an overall 7 over par 149 following the conclusion of the event’s second round on Friday. She shot level par 71 in day two to claim a two-shot lead.

Nakalembe who on Thursday said that her eyes are on the title had 39 gross in the front nine on Friday. She later managed an improved back nine display returning 34.

Ahead of Saturday’s final round, Kenya’s Mercy Nyanchama is second with 9 over par 151, three strokes better than title holder Martha Babirye (third) who’s now under serious pressure to make amends in the final bend of proceedings to keep the title at her grasp.

However, day one leader Meron Kyomugisha had a false outing in the second round after returning 18 over par 89 to finish fifth on Friday. She led by 7 strokes in the opening round off 1 under par 70 but now has an overall 17 over par 159 after two days of play.

Peace Kabasweka is fourth with 14 over par 156 while Gloria Mbaguta and Tanzania’s Vicky Elias are tied for sixth off 21 over par 163.

Dianah Nambalirwa (168), Phoebe Chandiru (170) and Lillian Koowe (171) cap the leaderboard claiming the eighth, ninth and tenth spots respectively.

The final round of the event will see a busy day on the course with male players set to join the mix in a subsidiary showpiece. Seniors will also finalize their two-day event (Seniors Open).

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.

Uganda Ladies Golf Open leaderboard

1. Irene Nakalembe – 149 gross
2. Mercy Nyanchama (KE) – 151
3. Martha Babirye – 154
4. Peace Kabasweka – 156
5. Meron Kyomugisha – 159
T6. Gloria Mbaguta – 163
Vicky Elias (TZ) – 163
8. Dianah Nambalirwa – 168
9. Phoebe Chandiru – 170
10. Lillian Koowe – 171

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).

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