Minister of State for Finance Fred Omach (L) and UBL Managing Director Nyimpini Mabunda (2nd left) present a trophy and a cheque to Eva Magala and professional golfer David Wakhu after the Pro-Am tournament at Kitante. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

Minister of State for Finance Fred Omach (L) and UBL Managing Director Nyimpini Mabunda (2nd left) present a trophy and a cheque to Eva Magala and professional golfer David Wakhu after the Pro-Am tournament at Kitante. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

Wakhu tees off the four-day pro event, sh1m richer while Charania and Opio start the sh100m battle with sh800,000 and sh600,000 already in their wallets.

Wakhu led the AAR-3 team to the overall prize after returning 73 gross alongside amateur golfers Eva Magala and Henry Kamuntu who returned 66 and 78 nett respectively.

Sheraton-2 were runners up, with Silver Opio?s 72 gross, Charles Kabunga?s 73 and Dianah Nabukenya?s 78 winning them the first runners-up prizes.

Despite producing the best score on the day, a four-under-par 68 gross, Charania?s HTC-4 amateur team mates Sam Kacungira (76 nett) and Ernest Rukundo (79nett) could only finish third after being beaten on count-back by the Sheraton-2 team.

Gloria Mbaguta and Kin Kariisa took the longest drive and the nearest to the pin accolades.

Going by the scores returned in the Pro-am a tight competition is on the cards. Apart from Kenya?s Charania and Zambia Muthiya Madalitso who returned 68 and 69 gross respectively, the next two positions had over three ties each.

Uganda?s Silver Opio, Deo Akope and Kenya?s Anil Shah, Kopan Timbe and C.J Wangai all scored 72 while Brian Njoroge, Simon Ngige, Denis Anguyo, and Vincent Byamukama all returned 73 gross.

Meanwhile Stanbic Bank will add an extra Sh1m to the winners? purse, tournament director Herbert Rwamibazi announced on Tuesday.

By Michael Nsubuga, The New Vision

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