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Safari Golf Tour: Local pros heading to Karen

The Karen course

The Karen course

For Philip Kasozi, there is no time to wallow in the pain of coming close to winning last weekend’s Kitante Open.

As the only Ugandan who retains a chance of making it to the Magical Kenya Open, due in three weeks, Kasozi must play impressively come Sunday during the Karen leg of the Safari Tour.

Kasozi, who finished fourth last weekend in the Kitante Open after playing 291 shots, must make the cut to qualify for the Magical Kenya Open. “I got out of rhythm in the last round,” Kasozi rued on February 15.

He is fighting for the slot along with Nigeria’s Andrew Oche Odoh and Zimbabwe’s Robson Chinhoi, both of whom finished higher than him in the Kitante Open. Odoh emerged victorious with 286 while Chinhoi came third after carding 290. There are only two slots left for the Magical Kenya Open and are being fought for by Kasozi, Chinhoi and Odoh.

The Karen tournament is the final leg of the Safari Tour and Chinhoi leads the trio on 241 points with Oche is second on 210. Kasozi is third on 209.5 and must play better than either or both of Chinhoi and Oche.

Other Ugandan professionals travelled to Kenya yesterday to play in Karen are Abbey Bagalana, Becca Mwanja, Brian Toolit, Denis Anguyo and Herman Mutaawe.

Meanwhile, Tooro Golf Club’s Joseph Cwinyaai played a 10-over 226 to claim the Amateur title of the Kitante Open on February 14. He outlasted Kinyara Golf Club’s Joseph Kasozi (228) and Uganda Golf Club’s Hassan Kiyemba (229) into second and third. Silver Rugambwa won the men’s Group A subsidiary after returning 37 points.

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