KAMPALA-One of the unique things about the Entebbe Singleton Challenge is that it picked up rhythm too fast when it started in 2017.
It is only Season III of this thrilling match-play competition and a big bunch of the fraternity already feel the pain for early exits in the edition whose winners will be flown by RwandAir to the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic in January.
The quest for those tickets to the Middle East is pretty tight though. And ahead of the round of 32 today, the four remaining lady pairings know the stakes are high.
Top pairings as well in the foursome duels have some tricky ties to contest before they grace the ‘All White’ theme party in company of comedians Madrat and Chiko plus Teacher Mpamire and emcee Patrick Salvador Idringi at the 19th hole. Defending champions Peace Kabasweka and Sheila Kesiime will need more from their think-tank when they face the ‘reserved’ pairing of Barnabas Bakamuntumaho and Robert Sabiiti at the par-71 course.
The rare item in this handle for this female pairing which won the Texas Scramble at Kitante on February 22 is that Bakamuntumaho and Sabiiti are higher handicappers and play with caution.
“We are looking at trying to play safe and save strokes on holes they have strokes,” noted Kabasweka who beat the ladies for the overall prize at the Tusker Malt (TML) Golf Series last weekend.
“Everyone plays her game and that’s how we end up winning. We avoid putting each other on pressure,” said handicap six player Kabasweka. Her partner Kesiime is at handicap 13. They beat Edwin Tabaro and Ivan Wesonga 5/4 (5-up on the par-4 Hole No.14) during Round I on February 16.
But the contest of day pits Moureen Okura and Martha Babirye up against in-form Paul Ndyaguma and Moses Mukiibi.
A week ago, Babirye led by three shots but she capitulated on Day Two lose the Entebbe Ladies Open title to Irene Nakalembe.
Babirye is back here with a silent mission of returning to the clubhouse with a well-weighted genuine smile. This is one of the four all-ladies’ pairings still in the fray. “We are so close and understand each other,” said Babirye.
“Partnership is all about how close we are and understand each other’s game,” the handicap four player went on. Handicap 17 player Okura’s pairing with Nakalembe emerged as the last standing all-female pairing at the inaugural edition, something that adds to the firm foundation with rising star Babirye.