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Uganda Golf Open: Amateur defending champion Lejirma storms summit ahead of final round

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Lejirma tallies his scores during the opening round of the event on Wednesday.

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

John Lejirma is on the right path to defend the Tusker Malt Uganda Golf Open Amateur title after he stormed the summit in the Friday’s third round of the event at Entebbe Club’s lakeside par-71 golf course.

Lejirma, handicap -1 who has been finishing fifth (with ties) in the previous two rounds is now atop the leaderboard off 2 over par 215. He shot an impressive 2 under par 69 on Friday. He now leads Zambia’s Chanda Bwembya by two strokes (217) ahead of Saturday’s final round.

Lejirma, a member of Kenya Railway Golf Club had a good game on Friday, shooting 36 in the front nine and 33 in the back nine. Uganda’s pair of Joseph Kasozi and Tom Jingo also shot 69 on Friday.

Zambia’s Chanda Bwembya is second ahead of final round off 4 over par 217, Marvin Kibirige is third with 5 over par 218 whilst his countrymate and pre tournament favorite Joseph Cwinya-ai (Uganda) is fourth with 6 over par 219.

Day two leader, Musamba Kapoma (Zambia) is tied for fifth (7 over par 220) with four Ugandans, that is; Joseph Kasozi, Tom Jingo, Mackie Nasser and Bulhan Matovu.

Ugandan trio of James Kato, Denis Asaba and Ibrahim Aliga cap the leaderboard off 8 over par 221 whilst day one leader Reagan Joseph Akena has disappeared into the crowd.

Saturday is a busy one with a subsidiary event also set to be played. An award ceremony for respective winners will be held in a brief 19th hole experience.

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, Round 3
1. John Lejirma (KE) – 215 gross
2. Chanda Bwembya (ZM) – 217
3. Marvin Kibirige – 218
4. Joseph Cwinya-ai – 219
T5. Joseph Kasozi – 220
Tom Jingo
Mackie Nasser
Bulhan Matovu
Musamba Kapoma (ZM)
T10. James Kato – 221
Denis Asaba
Ibrahim Aliga

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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