Michael Tumusiime and David Nambale showed why they will be one of the pairings to beat when they outlasted Collins Bulafu and Sam Kamugisha in last Saturday’s first round of the 2021 Singleton Match Play Golf Championship at the par-71 Entebbe Course.
Tumusiime/Nambale beat Bulafu/Kamugisha 2&1 in what was a close, nail-biting contest between very formidable pairings.
“Those fellows were tough as nails,” said the long-hitting Nambale. “We had to dig deep; it wasn’t easy.”
His partner Tumusiime concurred. “They were a smart team who never relented,” he noted. “They made us sweat.”
Tumusiime and Nambale will be one of the teams to beat in the round of 16. Tumusiime is one of the best amateur golfers around, and a very tough nut to crack at Entebbe Golf Club, while Nambale possesses bags of experience and a calm temperament under pressure.
The pair of Fred Magala/Godwin Murungi made light work of Kiwanuka Ssubi/Timothy Mwandah after crushing them 8&7 but the other Kiwanuka in the competition, Kiryowa aka KK and his partner Elly Sober Mukasa overcame Andrew Kibaya and Edward Kabuchu 4&3.
One of the day’s other shock results was Emma Tayebwa/Aaron Ecel knocking out Moses Matsiko/Ashvin Kananathan 3&2.
“My driver was on,” a joyous Ecel told The Observer. “When am driving well, I feel I can play anyone.”
The theme of the night was oldies generation but due to a rapidly growing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and the President’s televised address on the matter, the usually boisterous 19th hole of Singleton was a tame one.
Comedian Daniel Omara did his best to liven golfers but the atmosphere was predictably not the typical that we’ve come to associate Singleton nights with.
The round of 16 will be played towards the end of June and golfers are hoping the second wave of the pandemic doesn’t force government’s hand into another lockdown, which would effectively suspend sports.
Round of 32 Singleton results
🔹Milton Edimu/Lloyd Busulwa bt Ram Shaban/Thomas Kato
🔹Lillian Koowe/Sharon Musimenta bt Gilbert Asiimwe/Charles Kabunga
🔹Emma Tayebwa/Aaron Ecel bt Ashvin Kananathan/Moses Matsiko
🔹Walter Tukahiirwa/Tarzan Lubega bt Tom Kakire/Igantius Twesige
🔹David Mpanga/Philip Walera bt Ivan Wesonga/Emma Wamimba
🔹Samson Agamile/Monne Michael bt Tony Kisadha/Richard Mwami
🔹Joseph Adrapi/Robert Ejiku bt Wendy Angudeyo/Doreen Mwesigye
🔹Sammy Migunda/Jezan Muhammad bt Andrew Opio/Samuel Opolot
🔹Mark Kaddumukasa/Allan Muhereza bt Stephen Ojambo/Tony Katamba
🔹Lino Anguzu/William Esuma bt Frederic Biau/Justine Ligyalingi
🔹Alex Mukasa/Patrick Ndase bt Paul Rukundo/Emma Wamala
🔹David Kateregga/Patrick Oyee bt Paul Nsereko/Patrick Mugisha
🔹Joseph Kimani/Fred Kimbugwe bt Oscar Semawere/Marvin Kagoro
🔹Paul Katuramu/Serwano Walusimbi bt Robbins Muhaire/T. Twinemanzi
🔹Josef Salani/James Eyul bt Joseph Bogera/Hannington Mpima
🔹Rita Apell/Anne Abeja bt Stanley Muhwezi/Edwin Tumusiime
🔹Fred Magala/Godwin Murungi bt Kiwanuka Ssubi/Timothy Mwandah
🔹Peter Magona/Perry Musiime bt Ancel Twesige/Joel Nuwagaba
🔹Michael Muhangi/Andrew Atuhaire bt Andrew Anukunda/Duncan Karugaba
🔹Kiryowa Kiwanuka/Elly Mukasa bt Andrew Kibaya/Edward Kabuchu
🔹Collins Mwesigwa/Jackie Kwesiga bt Maxi Byenkya/Bridget Nakamoga
🔹David Nambale/Michael Tumusiime bt Collins Bulafu/Sam Kamugisha
🔹Charles Odere/Richard Oloka bt Alexander Matsiko/Mark Rubatsimbira
🔹Charles Kagombe/Edrea Kagombe bt Moses Ssebugwawo/Ronnie Kasirye
🔹Casper Okiru/Ronald Osekeny bt Harry Hakiza/Jerry Owachi
🔹Andrew Baguma/Peter Apell bt John Muchiri/Isaac Mariera
🔹Kenneth Kiddu/Timothy Kayondo bt Joseph Bagabo/Paul Kaheru
🔹Sheila Kesiime/Peace Kabasweka bt Ruth Mugisha/Grace Njeri
🔹Yunus Bbale/Irene Nakalembe bt Geoffrey Byamugisha/Emma Mugabi
🔹Denis Kunikina/Peter Wakholi bt Garry Gonza/Moses Muhwezi
🔹Edgar Muzahura/Denis Kahindi bt Alex Nkuyagaba/Jude Ochieng
🔹Albert Gitta/Herberty Olowo bt Sam Kacungira/Francis Kyegarikye