And then there were two. After a returning from a two-year Covid-imposed hiatus, this year’s Singleton Match Play Championship is heading into the final round after Saturday’s contest separated pretenders from contenders.
Next month’s final will see Patrick Ndase and Philemon Akatuhurira do battle with Julius Borore and Joram Tumwine in what promises to be a closely contested final.
The Ndase/Akatuhurira pairing found little resistance in sweeping aside the Kagombes Charles and Edrea 7&6 while Borore/Tumwine needed a third playoff hole to see off Brian Cable and James O’Sullivan.
The hugely popular Singleton Match Play Challenge attracted hundreds of golfers in the subsidiary category where James Akhonya, Ssubi Kiwanuka and Nicholas Kebba triumphed in groups A, B and C for men respectively.
In the ladies, Joan Julia Napewo prevailed win 39 points in Group A with Mikal Kombo taking Group B after returning 50 points playing off handicap 54. The tournament as always had a colourful 19th hole where Ignatius Twesigye and Peace Kabasweka were honoured for their longest drives for men and women.
Moureen Okura and Emmanuel Mugabi claimed the prizes for the nearest to the pin. Meanwhile, the final of the professionals will be contested between Ronald Rugumayo, arguably the top golfer in the country today, and Silver Opio.
Rugumayo saw off Abraham Ainamani on Friday while Opio knocked out fast-rising Rodell Gaita.
Men’s subsidiary: Group A James Akhonya – 42 pts; Group B Ssubi Kiwanuka – 43 pts; Group C Nicholas Kebba – 44 pts
Women’s subsidiary: Group A Joan Nampewo – 39 pts; Group B Mikal Kombo – 50 pts
Nearest to the pin – ladies: Moureen Okura
Longest drive – ladies: Peace Kabasweka
Nearest to the pin – men: Emmanuel Mugabi
Longest drive–men: Ignatius Twesigye