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Uganda Golf Open: Akena emerges day one leader at Amateur Open

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Akena addressing the media at the 18th hole after his round.

Event: 2021 Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Open
Dates: 18th November – 4th December
Par-3 Competition: 24th November
Amateur Open: 24th to 27th November
Venue: Entebbe Club

Teenager Reagan Joseph Akena, 16 is day one leader of the Amateur Open of the Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Open following the conclusion of the first of the four rounds on Wednesday at Entebbe Golf Club’s par-71 golf course.

Akena, a handicap 4 member of Mehta Golf Club in Lugazi shot 1 under par 70 to lead a strong field of players who graced the event’s 80th staging and edging Entebbe’s Bulhan Matovu by one stroke.

Akena attributes his good round to excellent striking but says that he could have done better if his putting game was on point.

“My round today was good because I was striking well,” Akena, a Senior 3 student at Julian High School in Lugazi said adding that; “I was putting badly. However, I’ll handle the pressure on day two, I’ll do my best.”

Entebbe’s trio of Emmanuel Moko, Marvin Kibirige and Chanda Bwembya are tied for third with 2 over par 73.

To cap the leaderboard, five golfers are tied for sixth off 3 over par 74, that is; Michael Tumusiime, Joseph Kowa Ngobi, Korean K.J Lee, Otieno Ebill, and Zambia’s Musamba Kapoma.

Title holder John Lejirma is tied for 11th with six others off 4 over par 75. Uganda’s Joseph Cwinya-ai, a pre-tournament favorite is in the same bracket.

However, in the afternoon, a Par-3 Competition took place and it was won by Entebbe Club who came atop all the partners.

Tusker Malt Lager is the championship 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 Golf Open – Amateur Open Leaderboard
1. Reagan Joseph Akena – 70 gross
2. Bulhan Matovu – 71
T3. Emmanuel Moko – 72
Marvin Kibirige
Chanda Bwembya
T6. Michael Tumusiime – 74
Joseph Kowa Ngobi
K.J Lee
Otieno Ebill
Musamba Kapoma

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

2021 Uganda Golf Open winners
LADIES: Irene Nakalembe (Uganda)
SENIORS: John Muchiri (Uganda

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