ENTEBBE. There is enough evidence that the Castle Lite Uganda Open has witnessed some of its finest moments across all three fronts.
An albatross by eventual 68th Ladies Open winner Tanzanian Neema Olomi and 15 eagles in the 77th Amateur Open as Ronald Otile picked up his title have been some of the highlights at the par-71 course in Entebbe. By the time the knife was wielded, 19 eagles had already been shot during the 13th Castle Lite Uganda Professionals Open which climaxes this evening.
That includes two hole-in-one moments for ‘father’ US-based Deus Kitata on par-3 No.10 and ‘son’ amateur Herman ‘Deco’ Mutebi on par-3 No.2 in a tournament that saw 16 Ugandans including youngest pro David Kamulindwa make the cut with former winners Joshua Seale and Vincent ‘Araali’ Byamukama missing out.
But Kitata has been vocal about the course whose greens have been praised by all and sundry.
“There is no sand in the bunker,” Kitata said, “It is a collection of dust. And not because I play on better courses but that is what it is,” his bold character came to the fore.
With the cut at seven-over (+7), Kitata seemed bothered by the rising participation of foreigners in the Open.
“What is so special about those people that we treat them this well yet at recent Kenya Open events, I write to them emails but I am never responded to?” he queried.
“But each Uganda Open, we call in everyone but during the Kenya and Zimbabwe Open, we don’t get a single invitation. I am not saying it because of me but the leaders need to collaborate and work for the good of the local pros,” rallied the Florida-based player.
But Zambian Dayne Moore, who was yet to register a bogey on the front nine before tee yesterday morning, believes Africa’s biggest golf circuit – the Sunshine Tour – should incorporate more nations.
“You don’t see most of these guys play in South Africa and I feel it is wrong,” remarked Moore following his debut at this Open. “There is a lot of talent (I have seen) here and golf courses that people organising the Tour would like.
“The Sunshine Tour has to reach out itself. It should be the Africa Tour. Kenya is now part of it and Uganda is not far away,” added the Zambian, who moved to Johannesburg.
“I left Zambia because there are few tournaments (the two Zambia Opens) there and my golf matters more,” added the 25-year-old, one of the 19 foreigners that made the cut.