By Dorothy Nekesa
CAA Seniors Open Golf Championship
-Overall winner men: Fred Kasumba – 72 c/b
-Overall winner women: Ruth Ssali – 76 nett
Golfers Fred Kasumba and Ruth Ssali beat all odds to emerge the overall winners of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Seniors Open Golf Championship in the men and women’s pools respectively on Saturday at Uganda Golf Club’s (UGC) par-72 course in Kitante.
Kasumba was tied with Caleb Kakuyo off 72 nett but beat him on count back while Ssali had 76 nett to beat last year’s winner Jenina Nasimolo who emerged runner up with 77 in the ladies category.
A victorious Kasumba said “It’s unbelievable that I’m the overall winner.In the front nine I didn’t do well at all as I played 47. I got a stomach-ache setback somewhere in the back nine but I said to myself that l must finish this tournament.”
“It was a huddle for me as I played a few birdies in the front nine and about four pars on the back nine. In each hole that I played poorly, I shifted focus to the next one and here we are as winners,” an excited Kasumba said.
Kasumba and Ssali won themselves an accommodation of two each at Trackers Lodge in Bwindi that must be utilized between 27 – 28 December 2020 in the golfers tourney for those aged 55 years and above.
Men’s gross winner was Joseph Bagabo off 87 nett on count back while Edrae Kagambe was ladies gross winner with 91 nett.
Gross winners were awarded with air tickets courtesy of Uganda Airlines and they will travel to any East African country of their choice.
In the gold category (70+ years), Uganda Senior Golfing Society Chairperson Mark Ntege emerged winner with 75 nett while Sam Zaramba was runner-up off 76.
Also Dave Plenderleith was the Silver (65-69 years) winner off 73 nett while Patrick Kagoro was runner-up with 76 on count back while ihhn the bronze (55-64 years) category, Caleb Kakuyo was winner with 72 nett while Henry Rugamba emerged second with 74 nett.
CAA’s Hellen Wenene Kakuru graced the tournament that also doubled as the flagship event for Aviation week and promised continued support.
Meanwhile, golfers under 55 years also graced the championship in a subsidiary event with Rodell Gaita, Paul Kalemba and Ignatius Twesigye scooping the men’s group A, B and C winners off 68, 71 and 67 nett respectively.
Judith Komugisha beat Peace Kabasweka with 70 on count back while in women’s group A, Victoria Bagaya was winner off 68 nett with Hisea Koshiba finishing as runner up with 70 nett.
The 2020 Seniors Open Golf Championship was sponsored by Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Uganda Airlines, Uganda Breweries Limited and Pepsi Cola