Eagles keep flying at the Open

Entebbe’s darling Deco Mutebi enjoyed his golf on Friday. Photo by Eddie Chicco

Entebbe’s darling Deco Mutebi enjoyed his golf on Friday. Photo by Eddie Chicco

Survival is only for the fittest, so they say. That has been much evident in the Castle Lite Uganda Golf Open at the par-71 course in Entebbe.

Surely, it the best that deservedly take home the honours just like last evening’s winner of the 77th Uganda Amateur Open.

Normally, it is the bogeys, pars and birdies that are the most common on scorecards of players. And yes, those were again at the Amateur Open.
But by closure of business on Friday, the eagles had become a given. They had kept flying over the par-5 and par-4 holes at Entebbe.

During Day Three action of the 72-hole competition, eight eagles were scored, something never witnessed in the history of the Uganda Open.

Eagle is a score of two under par (-2) and it normally occurs when a golfer hits the ball far enough to reach the green with fewer strokes than expected. It is most common on par-5s and occasionally on short par-4s.
In Entebbe, Nicolaas Synman and Herman Mutebi wrapped up their rounds with eagles on par-5 Hole No.18. That is the score that kept the latter in the pressure group until yesterday.

Malcolm Odendaal and James Ndikumana also carded eagles on No.18 on Day One of the Open on Wednesday.

Tooro club Joseph Cwinyaai had also consistently moved up the leaderboard thanks to an eagle on par-5 Hole No.1 on Friday plus another on par-5 Hole No.11 on Thursday.

Kenyan Mike Kisia may have struggled to fit into the title frame here but a rare eagle on par-4 No.13 should be a highlight of his trip.

With Ladies Open champion Tanzanian Neema Olomi having shot a rarer albatross on par-5 No.15 nine days back, more eagles could fly at Entebbe during the pro’s Open next week.


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