Seruwano Walusimbi and his golfing partner Peter Magona are one of the pairs who are through to the next round (quarterfinals) of the Singleton Match Play Challenge after they triumphed in round three (round of 16) played on Saturday at Entebbe Club’s par-71 lakeside golf course.
Seruwano Walusimbi, also the Entebbe Club Captain and Peter Magona beat High Commissioner of Kenya in Uganda, H.E Maj Gen (Rtd) George Owino and his golfing partner Sarah Nduhukire 1up to maintain their stay in the main event of the competition.
Having settled matters in hole 18, Walusimbi admits that he and his partner faced a formidable opponent who could have forced a sudden-death playoff but they managed to come atop.
“This is the toughest match we have played so far, it was really a hard game and we had to dig deep,” admitted Walusimbi at the 18th green adding that; “they were really on fire on the front nine but I’m happy that at the end of it all we emerged winners.”
“This is not my best performance personally but it’s the hardest performance we have made, these guys were not easy at all. It was really mental strength that took us through,” Walusimbi noted adding that he and his golfing partner are looking forward to the next round.
For Magona, he says that it was a very tough match but what matters is that they emerged winners. He adds that facing such opponents sharpens them for the next stage of the competition.
Meanwhile, the Singleton Match Play Challenge will get new winners after 2018 winning pair of Peace Kabasweka and Sheila Kesiime bowed out after losing 5/3 to Jimmy Adiga and Johnson Dairo. Only Kesiime played on Saturday as Kabasweka was engaged elsewhere.
Lillian Koowe and Joyce Kisembo gave away a walkover against Moses Ssebugwawo and Charles Odere. The two ladies had an engagement at their home club, Toro Golf Club in Fort Portal.
Former winner Innocent Nahabwe and his new golfing partner Robert Busingye are through to the next round after beating Mark Namanya and Simon Ocen 3/2.
Former Uganda Ladies Golf Union President Anne Abeja and her tournament partner William Esuma have bowed out of the competition after losing to Saidi Kirarira and Richard Mucunguzi via a sudden-death playoff.
Brian Manyinbo and Michael Odur are through to the next round of the tournament after beating Peter Atwine and Bob Matsiko 5/4.
Joseph Bogera and Kenneth Kiddu beat Rukia Nalwoga and Nelson Musinguzi 2/1 to make the cut to the quarterfinals.
In the final main event match of the day, Shaban Ramathan and Conrad Odere beat Ellis Katwebaze and Evelyne Atukunda 1up.
Saturday results mean that there is no single lady left in the main event of the competition (mixed pair or all-female).
The quarterfinals (round 4) of the competition will happen on on 7th October. The semifinals and the finale will take place on 18th November and 2nd December respectively.
Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) through the Singleton Whisky brand is the tournament lead sponsor. The partners are; Uganda Airlines, DSTV, NCBA, CFAO Motors and Afrisafe.