From a field of more than 200 golfers in the qualifiers to just four pairings of eight golfers; Season Seven of the Singleton Match Play Challenge is well and truly alive.
And what is more, it has reached that bend where hearts will be broken and tears of misery and joy will flow. Last Saturday, Moses ‘Golola’ Ssebugwawo and Charles Odere, however, prevailed the easy way after earning a walk-over over their opponents Lillian Koowe and Joyce Kisembo.
But all other round of three showdowns happened and they threw up thrills and spills with a mixture of early victories and playoff drama.
Jimmy Adiga and Dairo Johnson found little resistance is dispatching the pairing of Peace Kabasweka and Sheila Kesiime, the latter two former winners of the event.
Kesiime had to fight on her own with Kabasweka not able to play. She is the Lady Captain of Tooro Golf Club, who were hosting a women’s competition on the same day.
She was beaten on the 14th hole. Anne Abeja and Dr William Esuma had an incident-filled match against Saidi Kirarira and Richard Mucunguzi. There were some bitter words exchanged after the 18th hole, which saw the two pairings end in a tie.
They proceeded to a play-off hole which was taken by Kirarira and Mucunguzi. Robert Busingye and Dr Innocent Nahabwe, both former winners of the Match Play, are going from strength to strength. They defeated the pair of Namanya and Ocen 3&2 and will be one of the most formidable partnerships come the quarter-final stage.
Entebbe Club captain Serwano Walusimbi and Peter Magona remain firmly in contention, just like Conrad Odere and Shaban Ramathan.
Meanwhile golfers and their guests were taken back in time to a 1990s disco-themed party; the ambiance was electric, the nostalgic 80s and 90s music was on point, the Singleton was flowing, and a big number of guests adhered to the disco dress code.
Singleton spiced up the drink catalogue with creatively crafted cocktails, with some starters on the house. Entebbe Club was transformed into a scene reminiscent of an early 90s movie, complete with big hair, sequins, and soulful rhythms of 90s RnB.