What began as a chat on whats app six months ago among the Entebbe Golf club management crew namely Innocent Kihika (immediate past Chairman), Oscar Semawere (Vice Chairman), Kiryowa Kiwanuka (member), Maxi Byenkya (vice captain) and Uganda Breweries’ Annette Nakiyanga would lead to the birth of the Singleton Match Play Championship, a tournament that after six rounds of fun-filled and intense action came to an epic grand finale on Saturday at the par 71 Entebbe Golf Course.
After playing a total of six rounds, Kenyan pair and perhaps one of the oldest in the tournament comprising of Isaac Mariera also fondly known as “Mzee wa Chuma” and John Muchiiri carried the day and emerged winners of the Singleton Amateur Match play championship after they defeated Dan Kajungu and Collin Nuwagira pair 2&1. Isaac Mariera and John Muchiiri earned themselves an all expenses paid for trip to watch the British Open in Scotland courtesy of Rwandair. Dan Kajungu and Collin Nuwagira who finished as tournament’s second best team each earned a night at the serena Golf Resort and a round of Golf.
Kiryowa Kiwanuka and Elly ‘Sober’ Mukasa took third place after they routed Jadu Patel and Anthony Agaba pair 6&5. Kiryowa Kiwanuka (K.K) and Elly Mukasa will each spend two nights at the Kabalega Wilderness Lodges. Jadu Patel and Anthony Agaba pair who finished in fourth place walked away with a range of prizes courtesy of Pinnacle security.
John Muchiiri and Isaac Mariera hailed Uganda Breweries Limited, Rwandair and Pinnacle Security for sponsoring the Inaugural Singleton Championship and all the participants who took part in the tournament.
It’s been a very long journey but I would like to thank the sponsors and Management of Entebbe club for the great innovation. Singleton Championship has brought a lot of life in the Club. I thank all the opponents with whom we have played with right from the time the tournament began, to all those who participated we are all winners regardless of the result, a jovial John Muchiiri told the 19th hole gallery that this time round was staged at the Kakeeka cricket grounds.
First and foremost I would like to thank my partner John Muchiiri with whom I’ve played with in the tournament. He persuaded me to resume playing golf after I had given up on the game. A big thank you to the sponsors for putting together a wonderful tournament. We enjoyed the last six months and won every game. We are all winners and our task will be to represent all of you at the British Open. I’ve been thinking of retiring from golf but I’ll be back next year, Isaac Mariera told the 19th hole gallery.
In the pros category, Fred Wanzala emerged winner after he defeated his nemesis and rival Denis Anguyo 3&1 while Phillip Kasozi edged Vincent Byamukama 3&2. The pros will partake of the Shs12m that was staked by the sponsors. Fred Wanzala attributed his victory to constant practice.
I didn’t take the tournament for granted so I camped at the golf course throughout the week and had an intense practicing session on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday playing 18 holes and on Wednesday I played 36 holes. I thank all the sponsors and my fellow Pros for a job well done, Wanzala Fred told the 19th hole gallery.
Entebbe Club pro Dickson Lagoro whose tireless efforts, sacrifices and organizational skills ensured a successful six months Singleton tournament was given a standing ovation by the golfers who have always banked on him in all tournaments at Entebbe Golf Club.
Mark Ociiti, the Uganda Breweries Manager congratulated all the winners and hailed Entebbe Club for a job well done in hosting the Singleton championship.
It has been six months of absolute fun and memories. Through our Singleton whiskey brand, we aim at crafting first impressions that will make lasting impressions. We (UBL) are grateful to Entebbe Club for the Job well done in hosting the Singleton Championship. Congratulations to all the golfers and winners. Together we should make Singleton one of the most anticipated tournaments on the golfing calendar, Mark Ociiti told an ecstatic 19th hole gallery.
Who Won What At The Singleton Grand Finale Awards?
Unlike in the previous Singleton 19th hole fun at Entebbe Golf Club, this time round the Singleton 19th hole Grand Finale celebrations were shifted to the spacious Kakeeka Cricket Grounds and a Black Tie was the theme of the day. Uganda Breweries used the grand finale to reward Golfers who excelled in different aspects during the six rounds of the Singleton Championship.
Entebbe vice Captain Maxi Byekya won the smartest female golfer award on the course while Pinnacle Security’s Moses Masiko won the Men’s category.
Moureen Okura won the smartest theme Ladies 19th hole award while David Sekitoleko won the men’s category. Retired South Sudan General Gier Chuang scooped the most consistent player award while Isaac Mariera won man of the season award.
Kiryowa Kiwanuka (K.K) and Elly ‘Sober’ Mukasa a pair that is renowned for their 19th hole drama and fun won team of the season award. Edward Kabuuchu scooped the overall 2017 Singleton Award. All the winners in the various categories walked away with different prizes, trophies and awards.