Event: UGC Ladies Open
Dates: 5-7 October
Venue: Uganda Golf Club
The fifth edition of the Uganda Golf Club (UGC) Ladies Open is expected to attract golfers from across the continent and beyond, the organizers announced on Thursday during the event launch in Kampala. The event is scheduled for 5-7 October.
Wendy Angudeyo who is the Lady Captain of Uganda Golf Club says that they have received confirmations from countries across the continent and beyond and this should give the local golfers stiff competition.
“We have registered many players already and the numbers are growing every day. We have got confirmation from Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia as well as Sweden. All the countries that confirmed will be coming with their juniors,” Angudeyo said.
The event has usually been held in August but Angudeyo says that they chose to host the event in October because the foreign golfers want to play both the UGC Ladies Open and the ladies event of the Uganda Open, which tees off the next week after the former.
“This will give opportunity to our guests to play in two tournaments. The UGC Ladies Open will therefore serve as a curtain raiser for the Uganda Open,” Angudeyo noted adding that they expect a good turn up for the main event, bronze category and subsidiary.
This year’s UGC Ladies Open has been made possible with support from its partners and sponsors that is; Pepsi, NCBA Bank, Emin Pasha Hotel, Fairway Hotel, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Case Medical Services and Kinyara Sugar Works.
Gorilla Heights Lodges will offer a two-night stay for the winner, a development confirmed by Rachael Agaba who is their marketing consultant.
Edgar Tusiime, the Marketing head at NCBA Bank said that they seek to continue partnering with golf and golf events and a partnership with the UGC Ladies Open is not a one-off. They will also give goodies to the top performers with the overall winner set to walk away with a hamper.
Miriam Jemimah Akatekit, the Corporate Communications Manager at Crown Beverages Limited (CBL) noted that they are passionate about women empowerment hence a partnership with the UGC Ladies Open is a very good thing for them. CBL has offered drinks (Pepsi and Aquafina) to ensure that golfers are refreshed.
Meanwhile, last year Peace Kabasweka broke her duck at the tournament. Ever since the inception of the tournament in 2018, Peace Kabasweka had been finishing second in the main event (Silver category) of the competition.
In 2021, Kabasweka lost to Martha Babirye in a sudden death playoff and in 2019 she had again finished second to Babirye. She again finished as runner up to Irene Nakalembe in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2018. The 2020 edition wasn’t held due to Covid-19 disruptions.
However, Kabasweka finally broke that duck in August last year after the conclusion of the 2022 edition, shooting an overall 11 over par 227 in three rounds (three days).