Sixty four golfers take to the greens tomorrow, March 10, at Entebbe Golf Club as the Singleton Challenge’s surviving 32 pairs face off to choose 16 pairs for the next round.
It is only the second round of Challenge, but so heated is the race for honours that simply making it to the next stage is not something to take lightly.
So stiff has the competition been this year that two pairs which made it to semi-final stage last year will be following from the sidelines this time round. Neither the pair of John Muchiri/Isaac Mariera nor Kiryowa Kiwanuka/Elly ‘Sober’ Mukasa survived last month’s first round action. The race for a new champion pair effectively starts this weekend.
Their conquerors, Godfrey Byamugisha/Moses Ssebugwawo will most definitely feel they have a right to be considered in whatever conversation there will be about claiming this season’s ultimate prize, which is a trip to Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship happening in November.
“We are excited about all the surprises the Singleton Challenge is throwing up at every stage, which is making the event even more interesting. Like it has been since the Challenge teed off in January, we look forward to giving everyone an unforgettable all-white 19th hole experience this weekend,” said Annette Nakiyaga, head of whisky portifolio at Uganda Breweries Ltd, the event sponsors.
The Challenge, which will run until July, also offers an enticing reward of a 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport for any golfer who manages a hole in one, courtesy of Victoria Motors.
The Pajero also comes fully insured by Afrisafe Risk Partners. Ekspreso will provide the golfers with refreshments at the halfway house while the other sponsors include DStv, which will offer three months and one-year subscriptions to lucky winners. Pinnacle Security, Serena Hotels, and RwandAir are the other sponsors. RwandAir will give business class return tickets to Dubai to the winning pair.
The Singleton Challenge is played on a match play four ball better ball format, with the winning pairs advancing to the next round until the final in July.