In Summary
  • The event organisers had received an entry of 132 online, though up to the entry deadline which was 2pm on Tuesday, some of the players who had sent their names, had not registered for the event.

IN KAMPALA

A field of 105 players including six amateurs are set to tackle the par 72 Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort course Wednesday morning from 8am in the first round of the 2019 Uganda Open Golf tournament.

The event organisers had received an entry of 132 online, though up to the entry deadline which was 2pm on Tuesday, some of the players who had sent their names, had not registered for the event.

Tournament director John Kato said he had extended the entry deadline in order to give more players time to register though up and at the time of writing it was only the field of 105 players who had registered and paid the entry fees.

“We have had to re-do the draw several times in order to give room to those who were late to arrive though we can’t wait indefinitely," said Kato. The Uganda Open, being sponsored by Nile Breweries through its top brand of Castle Lite, has been taking place annually since 1932, hence this year’s tournament marks its 78th anniversary. The professionals were however included for the first time in 2006.

The pro event follows the ladies and the elite men amateur events as well as Tuesday’s Pro-Am event which attracted an impressive of pros and amateurs. The pro event will see players from 19 different countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, USA, Spain and Portugal battle for the $50,000 (Sh5 million) prize.

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