1 – Johnnie Walker II – 115 Points
2 – HH Solutions II – 113 Points
3 – Absa Bank VII – 112 Points
The 2023 Uganda Golf Open Pro-Am featured over 150 golfers at the par-72 Uganda Golf Club in Kitante. The draw comprised 40 groups, each with four members – three amateurs and one professional – playing in a stableford format. Notably, Ronald Otile, returning to Ugandan golf after his last appearance in 2019, participated as a professional for the first time post his college golf stint in the United States.
In the competition, Johnnie Walker II emerged victorious with a total of 115 points. The team, consisting of Paul Habyarimana (43), Daniel Kalimuzo (33), Sammy Migunda (26), and professional Ronald Rugumayo (39), earned Rugumayo Ugx 3.5 million.
HH Solutions II secured the second position with 113 points, led by Michael K. Musiime (44), Bob Matsiko (38), Alex Mango (38), and professional Erneste Ndayisenga from Rwanda (31), who received Ugx 2.5 million. Absa team VIII claimed the third spot with 112 points, thanks to Henry Mbonye (35), Emma Tayebwa (39), Jimmy Odongkara (35), and professional David Kamulindwa (38), earning Kamulindwa Ugx 2 million.
Marvin Kibirige played remarkably well, finishing with an impressive 6-under 66. The professional from Entebbe club is confident that his outstanding performance in the Pro-Am event will serve as a strong foundation as he gears up for the upcoming professional tournament starting on October 25th.
Additionally, Absa Bank will sponsor ten slots (five professionals and five amateurs) for the 2024 Magical Kenyan Open.
The 2023 Johnnie Walker Uganda Professional Golf Open features ten countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and host nation Uganda, promising an exciting international competition.