Dr. Alex Coutinho had the last and final smile at the Kitante Golf Course after he was crowned champion of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) Sponsored Seniors Golf Open Championship tournament.
Alex Coutinho shot 146nett over 36 holes to claim the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) Seniors Golf Open tournament at Kitante on Sunday.
Playing off handicap 8 in the Bronze Category (55-64 years), Coutinho edged his closest challengers Mark Ntege and John Waigo by four strokes to win another major in his 35-year career.
A Joyous Coutinho had this to say about his victory;
“I’m very happy to win the seniors tournament for the very first time. I have been preparing for the past three months, putting up my muscle strength, playing with the professionals to prepare, but even then there was a lot of competition,” Coutinho said.
“I want to thank my fellow seniors for turning up pushing everyone but in the end, I’m glad I won. You know, golf is a mixture of skill and luck and I had a lot of good luck today to win this trophy.
“I had a very good caddie Pius Kakuru with whom we worked very well. But I double-bogeyed the par 5’s on the front-nine so I had to recover. I was six-over after four holes and then I got nine-straight pars after that,” Coutinho, who also produced the longest drive noted before he was crowned by UCAA Director General Professor David Mpango Kakuba.
Coutinho will as a result of his performance fly to Mombasa courtesy of Uganda Airlines who were co-sponsors. Ernest Rukundo who won the men’s subsidiary event will also enjoy the same privilege.
Ntege, Waigo and Sam Byagagaire topped the gold, silver and bronze categories while Onyango Matata produced the best gross score of 166 over the two days of action.
Grace Kabonero won the ladies’ version of the seniors’ tournament where Gertrude Acato was the gross winner on top of the nearest and longest drives.
Minister of Works Monica Ntege presided over the awards and urged more women to join the seniors’ competition.
UCAA Director General Prof. David Kakuba Had this to say;
This is not the first time that UCAA is partnering with the Golfing community. We have for long been members of Entebbe Golf Club and have previously sponsored some Golf events in Entebbe as well as other sporting events as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility policy, which emphasizes support to sports, health, education and other noble causes. The Uganda Seniors Golf Open has now traditionally become one of the Authority’s major activities in celebration of the International Aviation Week, which is globally celebrated in the first week of December every year.
2019 is special in that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is celebrating 75 years of ‘Connecting the world’. We congratulate the global body for ensuring that during that time, aviation has undoubtedly become the safest mode of transportation. We also pay tribute to those great thinkers who 75 years ago, concluded and signed the convention on International Civil Aviation in Chicago, which gave birth to the global body that is overseeing orderly transportation of people across the globe. Golfers are key stakeholders to the aviation fraternity as they are known to be frequent fliers and users of our facilities at Entebbe International Airport.