UGC CAPTAIN’S PRIZE
M: Peng Wei Xue 60 nett
W: Rose Azuba 64 nett
Group Winners – Men
A: Andrew Opio 68 nett
B: Okello Ocero 66 c/b
C: Fan Chen 65 c/b
Group Winners – Women
A: Lydia Mutesi 67 nett
B: Aidah Khamisi 66
C: Charity Opolot 66
M: Sam Byagagaire 69 nett
W: Monica Ntege 71
M: Moses Muhwezi 65 nett
W: Josephine Babirye 72
M: Paul Rukundo
W: Martha Babirye
Nearest to the Pin
M: Mark Namanya
W: Peace Kabasweka
Rebecca Nampamba 94 nett
Professionals – Top Five
- Abby Bagalana 69 72 141*
- Becca Mwanja 68 73 141
T3. Phillip Kasozi 73 69 142
T3. Herman Mutebi 71 71 142
- Deo Akope 71 72 143
- Denotes won by Sudden Death Playoff on Hole No.12
Handicap 19 golfer Peng Wei Xue had the perfect weather on the day and his on-fire playing foursome mates for his Captain’s Prize victory at the par-72 Uganda Golf Club (UGC) Kitante course on Saturday.
The Chinese expatriate carded an impressive round of 60 nett to outperform a full and historic house of 230 golfers – the largest official number to grace a club event – by five strokes at the two-day held to bid farewell to outgoing captain Jackson Karyarugookwe after two years at the helm.
“The weather was good but most importantly the guys I played with returned good scores and picked some prizes, too. I rubbed off their good games. I will try to win again in future,” said Xue, who played alongside the respected Charles Kareba, Ben Wacha and Chirag Kotecha (second runner-up men’s Group C with 67 nett).
“I worked a lot on my game during the Covid period. Now these are the fruits,” said Xue who has been playing golf for five years without any significant accolade to show apart from a Group B runner-up finish at last year’s Uganda Open in the subsidiary category.
Xue won a trophy and weekend for two at Moses Turyatemba’s Trackers Safari Lodge in Bwindi – prizes that were also scooped by the overall women winner Rose Azuba with near perfect return of 64 nett at the event that was co-sponsored by Game Stores, Appliance World, Oryx Energies and Kampala Serena Hotel.
In the money-spinning event, Abby Bagalana upstaged his first cousin Becca Mwanja in a family affair by one-shot in sudden-death playoff on Hole No.12 to win the Shs8m professionals’ category.
outgoing captain – jackson karyarugookwe quotes
“This is a special day in the life of this club.”
“We missed the opportunity to celebrate last year because of Covid-19 but we are here to celebrate a very eventful term of office. Yes, we had hitches but we have also been successful.
“Thanks to our sponsors, friends of the captain and members who have been very supportive in every endeavour we undertook. The development committee is already working to ensure the club is of world class status.
50 per cent of the members subscription fees have been banked on a separate account and we currently have Shs325m that cannot be touched without the approval of the Board of Trustees.
This money is for the club’s projects some of which you already enjoying. The membership has already picked up and we have 368 fully paid-up members.”
Karyarugookwe will officially hand over office on March 27 after the elective Annual General Meeting (AGM).