TANZANIAN lady golfers Angel Eaton and Madina Idd tied at the top on the day two at the 2017 Uganda Ladies Golf Open at the Kitante Golf Club in Kampala, Uganda, on Thursday.
Eaton, who is Uganda Ladies Golf Open two times champion was at her best form to take a stroke lead after Thursday first round in the three days tournament. The handicap 5 golfer returned a 4-over par 76 scoreline in the first of the opening 18 holes to lead the board but carded 81 gross in second round yesterday.
Eaton, who won this open back to back in 2012 and 2013 vowed to improve her play in the final round today enroute claiming her third championship. “I am glad to lead on day one and was hoping to better my putting in the subsequent days so that I win this championship.
It wasn’t a good day today (yesterday), but will work hard in the final round tomorrow (today),” she said. In the opening day, Tanzania People’s Defence Forces, Lugalo Club of Dar es Salaam based long hitting golfer had two birdie scores on the front 9 (5 and 8 holes) and one on hole 15 during the back 9.
Another Tanzanian Madina, handicap 3 improved her second round performance after she carded 80 gross yesterday. In the opening day, Madina tied on second place with Kenya’s Agnes Nyakio and Uganda’s Martha Babirye with a 5 over par 77 gross score.
The Arusha Gymkhana Club (AGC) Madina was a shot adrift leader Eaton. Madina said the competition was tight this time around but was looking forward to improve her performance in the remaining round.
“It is very tough but I feel OK, I’m going to fight until the end,” she said. Only two Tanzanian golfers managed to hit the top ten after first round. However, Hawa Wanyeche, who had a bad score of 90 in the opening day, recovered to register the best score of the day yesterday, after she carded 76 gross.
Other Tanzania golfers are struggling to keep pace but Madina remained optimistic that her teammates could bounce back in the second and final rounds. In the opening day, pre-tournament favourite, Irene Nakalembe from Entebbe Club was two strokes behind on 78 as Palm Valley Kakungulu’s Meron Kyomugisha chases for 3 with 79 gross.
Kenya’s Nzioka Mwongeli (81), Gloria Mbaguta (82), Mercy Nyanchama (82) and Harriet Kitaka (83), complete the top 10 places by the close of business on day one. Day two teed off yesterday morning at 7 a.m.
There are about 50 lady golfers with a lion’s share coming from Uganda. Tanzania follow closely with 20, Nigeria fielded 9 and Kenya four. Over 3 days, 54 holes will be played with the subsidiary catergory expected to join the fray on today (the closing day).
The defending champion of this tournament, Flavia Namakula has since turned professional.