KAMPALA.

For those who know her well, Monica Ntege is better known face in golf and not main stream politics.
Her appointment as Minister of Works and Transport was probably the first time she dipped all her feet into the political waters. But ever since becoming a Cabinet Minister in June, Hon. Ntege has barely played golf.

“I have only played five times in the past three months. I used to play three days a week,” she told this paper.

“My schedule has changed a lot as I am now serving the country.” Because of that, Ntege can only ‘sneak’ out to play the Castle Lite Uganda Ladies Open that tees-off tomorrow at the par-72 Kitante course. “I can only play because I am the All-Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT) president,” she said. “Knowing there are other people coming from other countries, I need to use this chance and be there.” Interestingly, Ntege has never won the Ladies Open in over 20-year illustrious career. “I came second seven years in a row (1993-99), in 2001 and the following year,” she recalled.

Now with a tight schedule, Ntege hasn’t practiced much but she will walk onto the course counting on God for the three rounds. “I gave up on winning the Open until God says: ‘My daughter, go get it.’” she said, “Unlike before, I am going to play as a participant but whenever on course, I am a competitor.” The 63rd Open will have an official practice round this morning.

dkyeyune@ug.nationmedia.com